Montes winery produces some of the top rated South American wines, think La Finca.  Hailing from the Colchagua Valley in central Chile-Clos D’ Angel is a new label from the Montes group.

This is the Malbec, 2014.  A heavenly delight that is 85% malbec and 15% syrah.  Malbec has had a storied existence.  French Malbec was almost completely wiped out from disease, but thrived in South America, it is still one of the 6 Bordeaux grapes (including Carnere) but honestly in all my tasting (to put it politely) I have rarely come across. Now when asked about Malbec 99% will automatically think South America.  This big robust purple grape with a distinct ink color provides a plummy-dark fruit taste that verges on “sweet”  but not. 

Clos D’ Angel is produced from grapes from the El Arcangel Vineyard.  Handpicked.  The juice produces the much sought after, full bodied fruit with light tannins that so many strive for and never reach .  The raspberries, plum and coffee with hints of tobacco and cocoa just explode.   Thirsty yet?  The finish is long and satisfying-if you are willing to stop at one.  But I am never willing to stop at one, that is why I am ususally very satisfied. HA. 

The Montes group has done a fantastic job with this one.  Beautuiful. 

Enjoy this one with red meat, or by itself as I often do.  I wish I had another right now.  

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I love Malbec. Let me just start by saying this.  When I post about a Malbec from anywhere but Argentina I get so much flak.  My friends and followers from South America cannot help but give me grief,some even going as far as to accuse me of making it up, that France does not make Malbec. Well it does, not as much anymore but it does.  I remind them that it is one of the 5 Bordeaux grapes.I do not want to take anything away from Argentina.  Both areas produce magnificent wines.

Cahors is an area of Southwest France known for producing Malbec and too lesser degree Merlot and Tannat.  Today we look at Chateau de Mercues 2012. This wine is actually a blend of Malbec and Merlot @80-20.   A dark almost black color looms invitingly in the glass.  A beautiful rich color basking in the glory of what is to come.

The bouquet fills the room with violets, cherry and plum.  Soon the flavors come over the mouth.  The sensation sends a tingling through the body.  A friend gave me this word “winegasm”, I think it works.  So much going on here. Big, bold fruit.  Very ripe plum which is followed by black cherry  and notes of chocolate and spice that follow. Subtle tannins that leave your mouth grasping for more.  A prime example of a great wine from Georges Vigouroux. I will definitely have this one again.

Enjoy $

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