Chateau Les Croisille, 'La Petite Bergerie', Malbec, 2017, Cahors AOC, France

£8.92 £11.99

A very nice French Malbec. A good purple colour. The aromas are ripe and leafy, with juicy plum fruit, and a touch of earth and smoke. A balanced and refined medium bodied red with some freshness and youthful character, nice blackberry flavours and soft finish. Noticeably much lighter and more approachable than some Argentinian Malbecs, with less jammy fruit and more savoury earth tones. A superb wine if you like the Malbec profile but want something less jammy and 14% plus.

Malbec is originally from South West France and this is a lovely example of it thriving in its homeland.

The Cahors region requires wines labelled as Cahors AOC to have no less than 70% of the bottle as Malbec. Bernard and Cécile Croisille moved to the area and started in 1979 with their winery project, and after a hard few years bringing a forgotten parcel of land back to life, their first harvest was in 1984. Now, things are run by their son Germain, who came on board in 2008 and has since expanded the vines in 2010 and started transitioning toward organic viticulture.

Producer: Chateau Les Croisille

Country: France

Region: Cahors, South West France

Grapes: Malbec 100%

Alcohol: 13.0%

Vintage: 2017

Status: Organic