It was rainbow making Monday last week 🤗🌈🎨🌈We're back next week 22nd Jan 10am at @punkmeupceramicscafe with another little art class. If you'd like to book a spot simply email nikki at email@example.com
Want to know why French and Argentinian Malbecs taste so different? It’s a tale of two terroirs…
On the sun-baked, south-facing, limestone slopes around Cahors, South West France, Malbec found a home by digging its roots deep into the poor-quality soils to hunt for nutrients. All this hard work concentrates the flavours and tannins in the grapes in its desperate bid to survive and procreate. The influence of the sun and the soil here comes through in the lean, savoury character of the wines: think cherry pie, baked plums, leather, smoke and clove. But in very hot years the grape’s naturally low acidity can sometimes make the wines seem “flabby” and dull.
So, what does Malbec love about Argentina? The altitude! With some vineyards as high as 1500m, the altitude keeps the daytime temperatures down but allows the grapes to ripen slowly over a long period without them getting too sun-baked. With night-time temperatures plummeting, the grapes can recover their acidity overnight and develop much fresher fruit flavours of blackberry, raspberry and blueberry, as well as those classic, savoury notes.
We’ve opened two Malbecs for you to taste and compare this weekend:
Made from 60 year-old vines by Gilles Bley, Clos Siguier Les Camille is lighter (and thus more approachable) than your usual Cahors Malbec due to the vineyard’s elevated position increasing the acidity in the grapes. Gilles is a natural winemaker, so no sprays or pesticides are used on the vines, and his wines are fermented using the natural, ambient yeasts in the winery. And, wait for it – no oak!
Tizac Malbec is an altogether different beast. Made in the remote Fiambála Valley in North West Argentina, the young vines were planted in 2000 at 1400m and are farmed organically. The wines are aged for short periods in American and French oak.
Come and try them both and find out which style you prefer!
We obvs do not condone smoking, especially whilst playing sport BUT the Six Nations only goes and kicks off on Saturday 3rd February. Which is really soon. Watch all the matches at all our pubs (bar The Bolingbroke - a deliciously sport free zone for those who need it). Book a table too, if you like a seat whilst someone else does the hard work. We’ve even got Sambrooks Scrumdown - a headstrong red ale on tap to accompany the matches. Swing low, sweet chariot. Full deets in bio 🏉🏉🏉 #sixnationsrugby#nails#wellhard#rugbyrocks#sixnationschampionship#rugby#sport#sportingevents#london#pub#publife#supersaturday 📷pinterest.com