Cahor Wine | Wines of the Cahors Wine Region
Wines of the Cahors Wine Region
Cahors wine is red wine from grapes grown in or around the town of Cahors, France. Cahors is an Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) which forms part of the South West France wine region. The dominant grape variety in AOC Cahors wines is Malbec, which must make up a minimum of 70% of the wine, and which is known locally as “Côt”, “Côt Noir” or “Auxerrois”. It is supplemented by up to 30% Merlot and Tannat. As a reflection of the character of the Malbec variety, Cahors wine can be rather tannic when young, and benefit from aging. Generally, the style of Cahors wine is often similar to robust versions of Bordeaux wine.
There are 4,200 hectares (10,000 acres) of Cahors vineyards.
The designation AOC Cahors may only be used for red wines. There is also some white and rosé wine produced in the same area, and it is sold under the designation Vin de Pays du Lot instead.