Combel-la-Serre La Cuvée Château 2017
Julian Ilbert's estate wine, made one-third each in concrete, steel and fibreglass vessels, before being racked off into little old oak barrels for a year. A far cry from the 'black wines' that made Cahors famous in yesteryear (and which were used to bulk up the lighter, flimsier clarets to the north).
This is Malbec from different plots in Cournou, 35-year-old vines planted on the causse limestone and clay. Fermented naturally in stainless steel and aged for one year in old oak barrels.
Well structured and dark, a bit gamey, it screams out for food (carbonnade of beef, or veal paupiettes perhaps), but this Malbec is relatively young and still doesn't leave your mouth feeling like it's been assaulted by sand paper. Rather, it leaves you refreshed!