While many of us are still quite fond of malbecs and its contribution to our wine palette, every now and again you need some variety. What do you do when you need to switch things up and are eager to try something new? Enter the Argentine malbec's long lost French cousin, Mas Del Perie. Upon the initial greeting, you can tell you've come to the right place to test your sense of adventurousness. A wine that's tall dark and handsome, you can already tell you're in for a surprise. The tannin in the wine leaves it nearly completely opaque, which is why they've nicknamed this newcomer "The Legendary Black Wine of Cahors," a name alone that grabs your attention and holds it in its firm but gentle grasp. On the nose you find the presence of lush fruit, which is a departure from the leather and herbaciousness of its Argentine counterpart. A single kiss from this rich and smooth malbec lends a flash of excitement. The round taste of ripe fruit leads you to wonder if its a malbec at all, and the silky tannin adds a smoothing element instead of a dry one. It also is not as thin as the Argentine, which is sure to please anyone excited about bringing something a little bit thicker to dinner.
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Mas Del Perie (2011): Today we'll take a little time to learn about Mas Del Perie, a dark red that hails from Cahors. This wine, which is a French malbec, is a different take on a familiar name. It' s a perfect change of pace from Argentinian malbecs without sacrificing the universal appeal of the wine. There is also something to be said about a well traveled story to add to the complexity and mystique of this new acquaintance being made.
According to legend, the malbec grapes originated from Cahors, France. One year, due to the cold, the season was unfavorable for harvest, threatening to render the grapes (and thus the profits) useless. In a bold move, Argentine wineries offered to take them and grow them for their wines. This is how Argentinian malbec came to be known to the wine world. Nowadays, malbec is a frequent favorite to the party with its rustic and spicy nature bringing a touch of depth and panache to the evening.
This versatile wine is wonderful company for any occasion. Whether you plan to bring a savory dinner to the mix, pairing it with a rich dessert, or spending an intimate evening at home, Mas Del Perie lets you know that there is still a bit of sultry fire left in the malbec family. Should you need recommendations, I've known this wine to play well with Beef Bourguignon, make a wonderful after dinner experience with some chocolate cheesecake, or soothe the senses in front of a nice fire with some light music. Take a chance and go on a date with The Legendary Black Wine of Cahors. Make sure not to tell its Argentine cousin. We all know once you've gone Black, you'll always go back.
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