Combel La Serre Cahors Pur Fruit du Causse 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A real treat at a bargain price.

Producer/Winery: Julien Libert; Château Combel la Serre; Cournou, France.

Grape Variety: Malbec.

Geographic Appellation: Cahors, France.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $15.30 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Shaved venison steak stir-fry with onions, peppers, carrots and broccoli over basmati rice.


    Opened 45-minutes before drinking. Just barely opaque, dark purple/ruby color with a light purple rim. Strong earthy dark fruit aromas with a strong crushed rock smell. Spicy entry, fruity, slightly aggressive, medium to full body and a 150-grit texture. Supple cherry, raspberry and tart current flavors; abundant fresh acidity and round edged chalky tannins. All this continues through a dry dusty and refreshing mineral finish that goes on and on and ends with a chewiness. WOW, a Malbec with fruit and grip!!! When we purchased this Malbec Russ Anderson, owner of the Caviste Wine Shop, said this would be the most unusual Malbec we have ever had…and without question it was!!! Meaty, a bit rustic, but with lots of body, ripe fruit in the highlights and a dominating dusty mineral that holds it all together. It’s a real mouth full!!! The strong venison taste dominated the stir-fry, but paired very well with this bold Malbec. Juicy, lively and with lots of body and mineral, this Malbec is a real treat at a bargain price.

Julien Ilbert in his vineyard
Photo from Ardoneo.

Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Closure: Reconstituted cork.

UPC Code: 6 10373 58202 9

Imported by: Louis/Dressner Selections; New York, New York.