Pigmentum Malbec 2005 (Wine)
Wine Messenger Rating: 91+
Description: A full-bodied, easy-drinking Malbec from the birthplace of Malbec.
Release Notes: Georges Vigouroux, a noted Cahors producer, makes this wine from Malbec grapes grown near the river Lot. Although this wine qualifies as a Cahors, he decided to declassify it so that the more accessible Malbec name could feature prominently on the label. It was vinified traditionally, with a long fermentation, to aid in tannin extraction.
Tasting Notes: Very dark garnet color. Pleasant aromas of red and black fruits (raspberry and blackcurrant). Extremely full-bodied with ripe tannins and great fruit concentration. An easy-drinking Malbec that can keep for 2 to 3 years. Great with red meats, grilled chicken, or goat cheese.
Pair with: Goat Cheese, Grilled Red Meats, Red Meats
Winery: A small Champagne house whose focus is on quality and tradition. Records show the Leclerc family tending vines as far back as 1664. The house sold its first bottle in 1872. Today, Pascal Leclerc has 75 acres of Organic and Biodynamic vineyards spread over several famous Champagne villages. Cumières, Damery, Dizy, Epernay, Hautvillers and Verneuil. Leclerc Briant only uses the highest quality juice from first pressing called "la cuvee."
Region Info: In the rugged limestone soils of Southwest France, Malbec is still widely planted. Its most famous wines come from Cahors, a medieval town on the river Lot. The “black wines of Cahors” have long been famous; there is even evidence that they were exported to London in the early 13th century!
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