To call this wine from Julien Ilbert an entry level wine would diminish the ability of this Cahors to delight and engage. Traditionally Cahors is all Malbec and a tightly wound, highly tannic one at that. These big bold reds pair well with the traditional food of the region – think duck confit and cassoulet. Rich succulent foods with layers of depth and intense flavor. The nature of the malbec in this region makes sense. The body and structure of this wine matches perfectly with the decadent richness of these dishes that necessitate copious amounts of glorious duck or goose fat.
The Le Pur Fruit du Causse from Château Combel-la-Serre is made in a fruit forward style. Straight out of the bottle the wine is redolent of fresh ripe blackberry, huckleberry, and cassis. Malbec’s characteristic meatiness is there in the irony terroir and chewy, but pliant body. The wine finishes with fine dry tannins and a sweet herbal note of dried thyme. This is a savory wine young wine that would pair well with a roasted beet and goat cheese salad.