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Known as Auxerrois in Cahors, Cot in the Loire and Malbeck in Argentina, this grape has undergone a mini renaissance in the last decade, largely fuelled by its success in South America. It used to be a staple component of the Bordeaux Blend, but it never recovered fully from the 1956 frosts and its plantings there have fallen by 75% as growers have replaced it with more fashionable, and crucially, more durable grapes.
It is still grown successfully in South West France where its most famous wine is Cahors. This wine used to be black as coal and tough as leather but improvements in viticultural and vinification techniques have led to riper, softer, more approachable wines that are now amongst the best of the region.
In Argentina it is widely grown and produces deep coloured wines with generous black fruit characteristics, balanced acidity and smooth tannins. It is either bottled on its own or as part of a Bordeaux blend. In Chile it is the 3rd most widely planted grape after Pais and Cabernet Sauvignon and tends to produce firmer, more tannic wines than its Argentinian neighbours. In Chile it is often blended with Merlot and Petit Verdot.
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Bottle 12 x 75cl16cs
Bottle 12 x 75cl32cs
Pulenta Estate is owned and run by brothers, Hugo and Eduardo Pulenta. Situated in Alto Agrelo in Mendoza, it enjoys excellent climate conditions and panoramic views from up to 980 metres above sea-level. Irrigation comes from melted water running off the Andes and the whole process is de facto organic. The brothers’ philosophy is expressed thus: “Making a great wine is an act of generosity, considering always the one who will taste it. Our mission is to produce limited series of great wines, proudly made in Argentina.”
This wine has a lifted, aromatic nose of sweet black cherry and blackberry fruit. Its attractive perfume leads on to a smooth, silky palate full of ripe, crunchy blueberries. The wine is not heavy at all and has great freshness, making it very moreishly appealing. This would be an excellent match for mid-week fajitas or spaghetti bolognese.
Bottle 12 x 75cl686cs
Bottle 12 x 75cl17cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl103cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl23cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl31cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl13cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl2cs
Magnum 2 x 150cl1cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl1cs