ABOUT US

Wine Trader Cahors is specialized in wines from the Cahors, France's oldest wine region.
We select, import and export all the wines themselves, which enables us to offer an excellent selection at a competitive price.
We are located in Dronten, in the middle of the Netherlands.

For more information: sales@cahors.uk.co

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The Pont Valentre in the city Cahors


Cahors (Occitan: Caurs) is a French municipality and the capital (prefecture) of the department of Lot. The town is located in a meander of the river Lot and is almost completely surrounded by water. The location is unique: equally spaced from the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees. The inhabitants of the city are called Cadurciens (formerly: Cahorsins). Today, the city is known as a tourist attraction and as the center of the famous AOC Cahors wine

 

 

Malbec Grapes

Malbec (pronounced: [mal.bɛk]) is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. The grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins, and are known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine. The French plantations of Malbec are now found primarily in Cahors in South West France. Called Auxerrois or Cot Noir in Cahors, called Malbec in Bordeaux, and Pressac in other places, the grape became less popular in Bordeaux after 1956 when frost killed off 90% of the crop. Despite Cahors being hit by the same frost, which devastated the vineyards, Malbec was replanted and continued to be popular in that area where it was mixed with Merlot and Tannat to make dark, full-bodied wines, and more recently has been made into 100% Malbec varietal wines.

 

About 450 Wineries

There are 4,200 hectares (10,000 acres) of Cahors vineyards, with a planting density of at least 4000 vines per ha. The designation AOC Cahors may only be used for red wines. There is also some white and rose wine produced in the same area, and it is sold under the designation Vin de Pays du Lot instead. The history of Cahors winemaking go back to the era of Ancient Rome, with vines being planted in the area around 50 BC. Since that time, the vines have remained in the land of Quercy and their history has been combined with that of the region.

The region of Cahors enjoyed a great reputation from the Middle Ages until the late 19th century. Its "black wine" was sold shipped from England to Russia. Similar to many other winemaking regions, Cahors was hit badly by The Great French Wine Blight in the late 19th century, when the vines were attacked in the phylloxera epidemic. In the case of Cahors, this happened in 1883-1885.

In February 1956, Cahors was hit by frosts which wiped out almost all the vineyards of the region, which thus needed to be replanted en masse. In this replanting, Malbec became more dominant than it had been before. Cahors was awarded AOC status in 1971.