RKS Wine: The Forgotten Home of Malbec and Don’t Toss Those Green Tomatoes!

Mention the grape Malbec and the rubberneckers will be gawking at Argentina ignoring that Malbec began its journey from its home in Cahors in Southwest France to Argentina in the 1830’s. Argentina gets most of the praise for Malbec and it is rare that one encounters a Malbec from Cahors. In the Malbec game the Argentinians seemed to have beaten the French.

So let’s go back to Malbec’s roots in Cahors with a Château Haute-Borie. On the nose blackberry, black cherry, Christmas cake and vanilla. On the palate surprisingly smooth and light on the tannins given Cahors reputation for strong willed and tannic Malbecs. There is no shouting and bravado on the palate. It is very discrete and dignified. One might call it a softie! There are notes of blackberry and cassis with an airy and lighthearted finish. Such a contrast from the lush and plush Argentinian Malbecs.

You might as well drink by the end of 2022. I do not think it will improve with ageing.

This would suit a green tomato pasta from those unripened tomatoes that didn’t survive our latest frosts. My goodness don’t throw them out. Try this highly seasonal and bizarre sounding dish. Here is the recipe https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/farfalle-green-tomatoes-black-olives-and-basil

(Château Haute-Borie 2018, AOC Cahors, SCEA Sigaud, Soturac , France, $ 14.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 20421, 750 mL, 14%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 91/100)

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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