In the glass, the wine has a glass-staining inky purple color, almost opaque at the center, with flashes of garnet at the edge. The nose unfurls gradually with aromas of dried cherries, ripe black currants, fresh white tobacco and eucalyptus, with hardwood charcoal, fennel seed, blue Damson plum, and freshly grated nutmeg moving in and out of the foreground as the wine evolves in the glass.
On entry, the flavors are clean and precise, building to a burly, lingering, rich mid-palate loaded with a cornucopia of smoky black and red fruit that echoes the nose; the palate coating, full-throttle substance tightly framed by submerged, dusty round tannins, while the refreshing, limestone-buffered acidity carries the spices, dark cocoa, and black licorice flavors through a long, harmonious finish.
About this wine producer: The vines grow on south-facing terraces high above the right bank of the Lot river in Soturac, in the extreme west of the Cahors appellation, near the eastern boundary of the Bordeaux region, where Malbec has grown since at least the Middle Ages. The Martinet family has owned the estate since the nineteenth century, and it was Isabelle Rey-Auriat’s grandfather, Roger Martinet, who developed the market for the wines by transporting them by barge to Bordeaux. Isabelle inherited the fourteen-hectare estate from her mother, and is deeply committed to traditional Cahors, its unique terroir, and to Malbec. She is also a tireless advocate for small-farm wine growers. From 1995 until 2000 she served as President of the Vignerons Indépendants du Lot, and was a founding member and the first President of the Fédération Interdépartementale des Vignerons Indépendants de Midi-Pyrénées.