“Banished once and for all were all thoughts of the so-called ‘black wine’ of old. Purged from the hard drive all previous experiences of over-extracted, over-oaked vinous time bombs that might well lead to eventual disappointment. On a week-long trip to Cahors, the spiritual and historic home of Malbec, we found an array of simply astonishing wines – fresh and elegant with beautiful concentration and very finely judged use of oak.
We visited lots of small producers, some better than others of course. We even bumped into a couple of Argentine winemakers on reconnaissance and clinked a glass or two with them. One small property in particular stood out for us though, Domaine Capelanel. Established in 1878, this 14 hectare estate near the village of Fages boasts 70+ year old Malbec vines grown on sidèrolithique (high iron content / weird orange colour) soils. Fifth generation winemaker Sébastien Dauliac is making dark, ripe, sultry wines that are lively yet under-stated. Well done Sébastien; this is the new Malbec!” From Las Bodegas.
The Amphût’s name is derived from amphora and fût, which is French for cask. It’s made from wild yeasts and is a blend of wine aged in amphora and hand-made Austrian Stockinger oak barrels.
The new vintage from our superb Cahors winemaker, Sebastien Dauliac. Almost black in the glass, this is a serious Malbec from the off! A concentrated nose, rich, perfumed and complex, incredible aromas leave you wondering whether you actually need to drink it to enjoy it. On the palate, it’s almost unexpectedly alive and vibrant, with real driving acidity and very fine tannins. A radical departure from the old-fashioned, over-extracted, over-oaked austere wines of the past, and what a finish. A superb wine showing what the new Cahors is capable of.