Mas del Perie Roque Rouge 2019
Cahors is a small appellation in SW France where Malbec is the main grape variety. The winemaker here is a bit of a character with a full-on bushy beard and slight revolutionary tendencies. When the AOC authorities told him to pull up his Jurancon Noir vines he went and bottled it by itself and named it ‘You F*** my Wine’. Yup, that’s our kind of winemaker. The la Roque is made from de-stemmed grapes, fermented in mainly concrete with a couple of barriques thrown in for good measure. We love wines fermented in concrete, it gives the wine a liveliness and direct freshness as concrete is breathable but doesn’t impart any flavours unlike wooden barrels.
Deep and full bodied, inky dark in colour with dark plum and black cherry notes with just a hint of vanilla and coffee spice. Restrained, lifely and with delicious fresh acidity. While there is lots of structure the tannins are really well managed (Cahors can be a bit tannic). This is a fantastic wine from a relatively unknown region and wonderful to drink.