Jean Luc Baldes Cahors Esprit de Flore 2007
by Cynthia Hurley
Jean-Luc Baldes, the master winemaker of Clos Triguedina and the new Esprit de Flore
A new Cahors from Jean-Luc Baldes! Better than every-day priced - From the true Malbec source!
Jean-Luc Baldes has created Esprit de Flore, a fresh, fruity and accessible Cahors that is affordable, for everyone who wants to discover French Malbec.
Did you know that Malbec originated in Cahors? That's right - France. Not Argentina. The French did it first (a few hundred years ago) and still do it best.
"It is impossible to separate Clos Triguedina from the name Cahors. Jean-Luc Baldes is a passionate grower possessed by true know-how and the determination to produce wines of great distinction." - 2008 La Revue du Vin de France
Jean-Luc Baldes took over this Clos Triguedina in 1990 and has put this estate in the elite of Cahors growers. The Domaine is old, back to 1830. The name Clos Triguedina means "Longing to dine" in Occitane and I can relate to that. There are few things better than a duck breast sizzling and a glass of Clos Triguedina.
And now we have Jean-Luc's new cuvee, Esprit de Flore, 90% Malbec and 10% Merlot!
Esprit de Flore comes from vineyards in the villages of Vire sur Lot and Floressas right in the heart of the Cahors vineyards. The terroir is the most beautiful of the estate: the second terraces. The wine is also grown on the calcerous plateau.
Esprit de Flore is a well-balanced wine with roundness in the mouth. Red fruits will dance from the glass and the tannins will be lithe. You may pick up hints of cranberries and strawberries. Maybe even some liquorice.
Did I mention that this wine is only 12.5 % alcohol? It is very different than those high octane South American wines - which often weigh in at 15%+. Esprit de Flore is easy to drink, and ready to drink now.