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So much more than just a simple Malbec. This apparently unassuming red is actually the Premier Cru of the Château Lagrézette estate. Forget Argentina, Malbec’s ancestral home is Cahors in the south of France. Here on the terraced vineyards beneath the hot sun, it produces colossal reds that can require at least a decade to soften and become approachable. This is just such a wine. Created under the watchful eye of the legendary Michel Rolland, the true French Malbec has been combined with Merlot and just a splash of chunky Tannat, before being matured in oak for 18 to 20 months. Now, with about a decade in the bottle, it is drinking spectacularly. Dark, woody and brimming with cocoa, vanilla, blackcurrant, plum, juniper and beefy power. It’s a pleasure to drink with rustic dishes, roasted flavours and anything that’s deeply savoury.
The wines of Château Lagrézette have been described by the world’s most famous wine critic, Robert Parker, as the “Quintessence of Cahors” and by one of his colleagues as “off-the-charts”. So, if you want to taste Cahors in its most perfect form, then look no further. The estate was bought by the Alain-Dominique Perrin in 1980. The eagle-eyed may have noticed that we said that this Malbec was made under the ‘watchful’ eye of oenologist and consultant extraordinaire Michel Rolland. That seems like quite a horrible pun considering that Perrin was the CEO of Cartier for more than two decades. Now the President of the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, he is clearly a man with an eye for the more luxurious side of life, which probably explains why Château Lagrézette is so good.£6 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2990602
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