Château Lagrézette 'Cuvée Marguerite' Massaut 2015, Cahors, France
Dry red wine, 75cl. Full bodied 100% Malbec from Cahors, France. 15.0% ABV. Vegetarian
Tasting notes from Patrick Schmitt, Drinks Business Magazine's Malbec Masters 2018
"While Argentina has become the go-to source for top-end Malbec, it was the historic home of the grape, Cahors, which got the highest score in the biggest Malbec tasting of 2018. For the first time ever in the history of the Global Malbec Masters, which sees top judges sample over a 100 wines made from Malbec from all corners of the world, the best performing red was not from Argentina, but France. Hailing from Cahors in the southwest of the nation, the exceptional 100% Malbec wine was made by Château Lagrézette, a stunning property owned by former CEO of Cartier, Alain Dominique Perrin. Called Cuvée Marguerite, the wine comes from a vineyard called Massaut, which contains two distinct soil types, one that is pure gravel and another that mixes gravel with clay. Having tasted the wine from Château Lagrézette without knowledge of its region of production, the judges were focused entirely on assessing the Malbec for quality, and gave it the highest marks of the day's sampling - awarding it 97 points and the ultimate accolade of Malbec Master. Impressing the tasters in particular was the combination of concentration in the wine with a compensatory freshness on the finish, along with its fine dry ripe tannic structure - an important trait for any great red. The Cuvée Marguerite, which was from the 2015 vintage, appeared youthful, but it was also felt that it has great potential to mature and develop greater complexity with age, even if it is wonderful now."
Tasting notes from Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast
"From old vines in a tree-enclosed vineyard on the third terrace above the River Lot, this wine forms part of a range of wines featuring the soils and terraces of the Cahors vineyard. Name in homage to Marguerite de Massaut, a 16th-century owner of the estate, the wine is aged in new wood that gives it a minty character. That is balanced by the rich black-plum and truffle flavour and the intense acidity. The wine needs to age, so drink from 2021." 94/100 Points
Producer Profile Château Lagrézette
From old vines in a tree-enclosed vineyard on the third terrace above the River Lot, this wine forms part of a range of wines featuring the soils and terraces of the Cahors vineyard. Named in homage to Marguerite de Massaut, a 16th-century owner of the estate. Due to the specific plot, the low yields of the vineyard (35hl/ha), and stringent berry selection process, just 4,800 bottles are produced on average.