Domaine de Causes La Lande Cavagnac
Wine Tasting Note:
Second opportunity to taste a French Malbec from its place of origin. The best Argentine Malbecs are bigger and rounder than this, but I enjoyed the more classic approach as a counterpoint to the Argentine version… more acidity and tannins, less fruit and a lighter texture. I would recommend this as a representative example of a different style of Malbec.
30 minute decant. Deep violet tinted purple color. The nose is weak, mostly a menthol and alcohol character. Fresh blackberry on the attack disappearing quickly and moving to black currant and tar on the mid-palate with a medium length bitter finish. I enjoyed the mouth-filling tannins and medium-high acidity. The texture started silky then quickly becomes watery. The structure was good, but the balance was off. Nevertheless, a good selection to pair with red meat and rich red sauce pastas.