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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Cahors, shrinking wine region in the Quercy district in south west france, producing exclusively red wine, uniquely in France dependent on the malbec or Cot grape. In the 1980s and 1990s, it benefited from considerable inward investment and since then has pinned hopes on Argentina’s success with Malbec.

The wine producers of Cahors long suffered from the protectionist measures against such haut pays wines inflicted on Cahors by the merchants of Bordeaux. The River Lot provided an ideal trade route from the town of Cahors to the markets of northern Europe via the garonne and Bordeaux, and Cahors was making wines noted for their colour and body from at least the early Middle Ages. There are records of Cahors being sold in London in the early 13th century, but the hundred years war disrupted patterns of trade.