In September 2014 we finally shrugged off our preconceptions and, let's be honest, prejudices.
Banished once and for all were all thoughts of the so-called 'black wine' of old. Purged from the hard drive all previous experiences of over-extracted, over-oaked vinous time bombs that might well lead to eventual disappointment. On a week-long trip to Cahors, the spiritual and historic home of Malbec, we found an array of simply astonishing wines - fresh and elegant with beautiful concentration and very finely judged use of oak.
We visited lots of small producers, some better than others of course. We even bumped into a couple of Argentine winemakers on reconnaissance and clinked a glass or two with them. One small property in particular stood out for us though, Domaine Capelanel. Established in 1878, this 14 hectare estate near the village of Fages boasts 70+ year old Malbec vines grown on sidèrolithique (high iron content / weird orange colour) soils. Fifth generation winemaker Sébastien Dauliac is making dark, ripe, sultry wines that are lively yet under-stated. Well done Sébastien; this is the new Malbec!