Awesome French Malbec – Tasting Cahors’ Clos Triguedina

Hey friends and wine lovers welcome back,
I’m Marc Supsic, wine and spirits professional and creator of Wine Living.
I love French Malbec; it’s one of my favorite wines in the whole world and I
particularly love these wines from Clos Triguedina. This winery is located in
Cahors, France and they were kind enough to send me some samples from my last
video so we’re gonna talk about those today. Clos Triguedina has been around
since 1830, and to this day it’s still run by the same family the Baldés
family. It’s currently run by Jean-Luc and his wife Sabine. At one point in time
the winery was a popular rest stop along the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain and this is supposedly where the name for the winery comes from. In
the local Occitan language, “Me Trigo de Dina,” means “I am hungry” or “I’m longing for dinner.” The first wine is an entry-level wine, simply called
Malbec du Clos. In French, “Clos” is an enclosure, so probably a stone wall
around the outside of the winery. Malbec du Clos is made from 100% Malbec, or, COT as they call it in the region. And as you can see right off the bat
it’s a lot lighter than your typical Argentine Malbec. Wow it’s just so fresh and clean, there’s nothing but fruit there. It’s all
cranberry and red currant. Oh my god, it’s so tart and fresh and crisp. We ain’t in
Argentina, folks, and we don’t want to be right now.
This is unapologetically French. This is French Malbec! Fresh and clean light –
it’s like a laser focused right on my tongue. Full of cranberries and red
currants, and it’s just screaming out for some savory food to go along with it.
for the price point this Malbec du Clos is a fantastic entry-level French Malbec
it’s a great food friendly wine that I would say probably goes best with poultry. I
can picture it with either turkey for Thanksgiving or even a roasted chicken.
Let’s move on to the next wine because I think it’s going to get even better. This is their “Clos Triguedina” label, this one here has about 8 years of age on it, it’s from 2011. I love older Malbec this isgonna be really fun to try well. Just look how dark that is! Malbec used to be called “the black wine”
at one point in time and this is why. It is intense! I can smell it before
I even got it up to my nose… first off it’s got a funky, musky aroma, which is not uncommon for older wine. I happen to love that. Whoo doggy!
That is intense. That is a big one. It’s “chewy” as we call it in the wine business…
Red and black currant… black raspberries in there. There’s that
funkiness – sort of like a leather and tobacco which is typical for a wine that’s
starting to get up there in age. It has a long, lingering finish
of vanilla and then it fades away, to this interesting flavor of like
eucalyptus or mint. A much more intense and bold wine than the prior one,
but clearly still coming from the same family; you can tell the the
flavor profile is still sort of there. There’s that tartness, there’s that
cranberry, there’s that freshness, but this one obviously being older, has a lot more complexity to it. There’s a lot more going on in this glass. That’s a
perfect example of what aged French Malbec should be like. And I would say if
you’re gonna pair this up with food, while in the southwest of France, duck is
pretty traditional and it’s great with red wine, I would go even bigger than that. I would go with, like a grilled
steak with gorgonzola butter on it, or maybe some grilled lamb chops with that mint jelly, because the mint jelly is really gonna partner up with that mintyness in the wine too. So there you have it, two fantastic examples of what French Malbec can do. Thanks so much to Clos Triguedina for the
opportunity to check out these beautiful wines Alright everybody I’m about five seconds away from getting hit by a major thunderstorm, so I gotta run! Please do me a favor, you know the drill: Like, share, subscribe – and stay tuned, plenty of more wine, spirits and food videos to come. Cheers! don’t forget to drink something tasty today. Bye!

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