Sunday, April 21, 2013

The history of the red wine of Cahors

In a nice article - for some of you unfortunately only in French - a small but good review is given of the wine of Cahors through the ages : from Roman time over the Middle Ages to our days.

Nothing is left out, not even the bad moments : to mention here especially two :

the competition of the Bordeaux wine and the privilege given to the Bordelais by the king in 1241, first by the English king, then by the French which did a lot of damage to the spreading and commercialising of the Cahors wine for more than five centuries (ended only at the end of the 18th century)

the near death blow at the end of the 19th century due to the phylloxera epidemic which destroyed most of the vineyards.

The revival began after World War II in 1947.

Nowadays the Cahors wine is again reknown, also thanks to the Argentinian wine which uses the same Malbec grape.

Have a nice wine tonight.