Wine of the Week from O’Briens: Cahors Château les Croisille Silice 2014
This week, on the Wednesday 5th of October, we celebrate World Teacher’s Day. A date chosen to recognise the invaluable work of teachers around the globe and their importance to society. And as every good teacher knows, there’s something beautiful in watching your students take the knowledge gained from you an making it theirs.
If any wine region deserves an apple on its desk this week is Cahors, an appellation located within the South West France that was the first to be known for its Malbec wines. With a history that traces back to ancient Rome and a geography that features gravel-rich soils and a climate that stays at an equidistant point between continental, maritime and Mediterranean, Malbec wines in Cahors show a restrain and minerality that other regions have yet to learn.
Château les Croisille Silice 2014 is quite dark, deep and purple hued, a fine example of the richly pigmented wines that once gained the nickname of Vin Noir, or black wine. The aromas are clean and shy at first, but after letting it breathe for a short period, you’ll get blackberries and a mineral background, as well as the laid-back pungency of nutmeg.
With 12.5% ABV and a medium body, it’s neither too overwhelming nor lacking in strength, and its moderation in acidity and tannin contribute to make it a pleasantly balanced, nuanced red that contrasts with what we often get in New World expressions of the variety.
On the palate, ripe blackberries are accompanied by plums, on the dry side but still retaining freshness. Again, it’s minerality soon takes the spotlight, and coming from ferrous soils rich in clay and silice, it couldn’t have been any other way. In fact the name of the wine proudly hints to this feature. A touch of black pepper spices it up.
While some fruitier Malbecs will be perfect with BBQ or asado, Cahors’ savouriness and mineral style will uphold to a nice stew, for example a stew of Clonakilty black pudding with flageolet beans and sausages, or if you’re in the mood for something you can cut with a knife, perhaps a braised beef daube.
Château les Croisille Silice 2014 is available at O’Briens Wines at €18.45.
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.