Enjoyed a delicious pairing of this Caramelized Onion + Bacon Tart ($10) and a glass of 2010 Chateau Lamartine Cahors ($8) at Petite Jacqueline, Portland, ME. If you haven’t tired Cahors yet, we recommend that you do! It’s a small region in South West France that grows Malbec. Sometimes there’s a little Merlot in the blend. It’s a region that delivers great value wines in the $17-20 range. The 2010s are drinking very well right now. You can find some at Old Port Wine Merchants, Browne Trading Market, and Whole Foods Market: Portland, Maine.
If you like Malbec you need to try Cahors. If you don’t like Malbec you need to try Cahors. Malbec flourishes here. Malbec, for a long time was a grape of Bordeaux, but it did not thrive well in its maritime climate and become more of a hassle in the vineyard than an asset to the wine. So after their disastrous 1956 freeze when many vines were damaged and had to be replaced, Malbec vines, for the most part were systematically replaced with more durable vines.
Just south of Bordeaux, is a the region of Cahors. Malbec flourishes here and must comprise at least 70% and up to 100% of a red Cahors. You may also find Merlot and Tannat in a red Cahors. These wines are medium-bodied, tanninc, with black fruit, and with a few years of age can show quite a bit of finesse. A great value wine in my book. Try is this delicious caramelized onion and bacon tart at Petite Jacqueline. or at home with a juicy bacon burger.