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Online Wine Shop  >  Wines by grower - alphabetical  >  Garinet, Domaine du - Cahors

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Domaine du Garinet
Domaine du Garinet
Not long before our 2011 holiday to France, I received an email from a customer, who was on holiday in the Cahors region, alerting me to a grower whose wines had impressed him. He suggested that I might want to visit the estate, but unfortunately our route south took us some considerable way east of there. Nevertheless, he had mentioned me to the owners, and following a little email correspondence with them, I asked if they would be willing to send some samples to where we were staying in Languedoc. Things worked out perfectly and samples of 3 different cuvées arrived in good time for me to transport back to the UK. We were very impressed, not to mention pleased to have "unearthed" (thanks to our intrepid customer!) a real hidden gem of a grower - and yet another on our list to be unavailable elsewhere in the UK. It is worth mentioning that the owners Mike and Sue Spring are British - which just goes to show that there are yet more "outsiders" making wine in the south of France than even we were aware of. And I have to say that they are doing a brilliant job. All of the red wines are made from 100% Malbec, and whilst they are made in a fairly traditional style, there are clearly sympathetic hands at work here, for these wines have plenty of fruit and considerable charm.

Domaine du Garinet Classique Malbec 2008 Cahors
Domaine du Garinet Classique 2008

Region Cahors - 10km south of Puy l'Evêque and the River Lot
Colour/Style Dry red, medium/full bodied - aged in vat (no oak)
Grapes 100% Malbec
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Red meats, spicy or herby sausages, pizza, or on its own
Next day
Still showing  nicely
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years
A medium garnet red colour. Whilst at the same time gently herby and really rather floral, it is also abundantly fruity, with delightful redcurrant and bramble aromas, along with secondary notes of spiced orange, blackcurrant leaf, cedar and tobacco. The medium-bodied palate shows real elegance, with a mix of tangy wild strawberry and cherry fruit flavours, a subtle herbiness, supple tannins and juicy acidity. Nothing sticks out, and one could easily drink a glass or two for its own sake, though it is equally good as a food wine. At approaching 9 years of age (all of Garinet's wines are released when ready to drink) it is nicely mature, though it will certainly stay on its plateau for a few years yet. A really delicious, elegant, old-style Cahors.

Price:  £13.30 (Including: VAT at 20%)


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We deliver only to UK and Northern Ireland addresses. The minimum order value is £75 (plus the delivery charge). You may of course choose a mix of any wines in our range. Orders between £75 and £200: delivery charge is £7.50. Orders over £200: delivery is free! (If your order is over £200, please remember to change the delivery charge in checkout to £0.00). Please note: Delivery to non-mainland addresses (Scottish Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, etc.) is usually possible, but may not be on a next-working-day basis. It is also more expensive than delivery to mainland addresses, so will be charged at cost (for orders under £200) but with a small discount for orders over £200 - please call us for a quote.

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