About This Wine
How different things may have been were it not for Phylloxera.
When the vineyards of southwestern France were decimated by that root louse during the 19th century, Malbec — there known as Cot — was the most widely planted winegrape variety. Once the land was cleansed and replanting began, the farmers had many options, and while Cot survived, it no longer dominated.
That ultimately turned out to be a positive development, because vintners began concentrating on Cot-focused cuvees — blends that brought out the best qualities in all of the grapes used, similar to the “sum-is-better-than-the-parts” approach of Bordeaux.
Today, Tannat is the preferred blending partner of Cot/Malbec, and the resulting wines present quite a contrast to the Malbecs made in Argentina. They’re often deeper in hue (think: purple-blue) and almost always earthier. Instead of an Argentine Malbec twin, the southwestern France version is different — and in the case of the Croquant “Rouge,” different is delicious.
A midseason ripener, it can bring very deep color, ample tannin, and a particular plum-like flavor component to add complexity to claret blends.
- Grape Composition:Malbec and Other Red Varieties
- Grape Source:Comte Tolosan Region of Southwest France
- Aromas & Flavors:Black Cherry, Tobacco, Smoke, Blackberry, Plum and Caramel
- Aging Vessels:French Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2016
- Food Pairing Suggestionleg of lamb, or duck parmentier.
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