The motivation for my trolling the Cahors section of a local wine store came from the downloading of the Flaming Lips new album “Embryonic”. In hindsight, it’s one of the more ridiculous reasons I’ve ever had to buy a bottle of wine and after five years now of constant drinking experimentation, I’ve had some silly reasons.
Cahors is the home of Cot, aka Malbec, that ubiquitous star of Argentina. I assume 9 out of 10 consumers would prefer picking up the Argentine version and that’s great, but I do enjoy being that 1 out of 10 that thinks that malbec from the Southwest of France deserves my attention every so often.
After listening to the aforementioned album, its unrefined tone and lack of catchy melodies was surprising. Being the wine fanatic I am, it got me thinking of what kind of wine this album would be and the answer came pretty quick…Cot from Cahors.
I’ve concluded Argentine malbec is the Yoshimi Versus the Pink Robots of the Flaming Lips discography and Embryonic, which just isn’t as appealing at first listen, is its rough and raw predecessor. It’s going to take some time to reveal its character just as some wines need a few glasses or days. This album is the Flaming Lips before the fancy modern methods of over producing and pop melodies.
This Chateau de Haute-Serre Cahors 2004 was just as I thought I would be…rustic. I got immediate aromas of tar and gravel similar to blacktop with fainter aromas of black cherry, violets and chocolate. Sandy tannins and a rich mouth feel lead to a long yet unpolished finish. There was nothing jammy nor were there any bursts of fruit flavor.
This bottle is definitely not for new world wine lovers or even for South American malbec lovers. If you like your wines like you like your demo tapes, then it might just be for you.