New to Me - Malbec from Touraine
There is so much wine coming out of France, like seriously! It is considered Old World since they are one of the birthplaces of wine and most of the grapes that you know and love, mainly come from France. With that said, there are certain regions that are ‘known for’ producing wines from certain grapes. White Sancerre from the Loire is Sauvignon Blanc, red Borgogne (Burgundy) is Pinot Noir. But there are a lot of regions that grow grapes and produce wines that never make it out of the country. This can be due to several regions such as amount produced, export costs, shipping costs, taxes…a whole lot of reasons that make it not worth it to ship.
So lately I’ve been looking for wines (and asking at the caviste is broken French) what are some wines that I could enjoy that aren’t typically found in the states. The first one I tried was from Touraine. When I see red Touraine in the states, it’s usually from the AOCs Bourgueil or Chinon where the grape is Cabernet Franc. This one is an Appelation Touraine Controlee and is a Malbec (Cot in French).
Produced by Domaine Preys, Jackie & Pascal Preys, is much softer and less oaky than your ‘typical’ malbec. It does have that French rustic, earthy quality though, with a nice bit of acidity in it. Big tannins, but this is a 2010 so they have smoothed out a bit. Still needs a red meat or a strong cheese as a pairing to stand up to the flavor. Or chocolate. I paired this with chocolate. Don’t judge… And the price was all the way right, under 7 euros. I love buying wine here!!!