2022 Domaine la Calmette 'Trespotz', Cahors, South West, France

A larded and graphite edge and a maturity of fruit well-suited to its vintage. Luscious flesh, fresh and sharp tannin, the acidity gives tone and the spices of blackcurrant and violet bring complexity to the wine.


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The year 2022, despite its succession of heatwaves and its small and concentrated grapes, offered expressive and radiant wines, delicate and full. Trespotz, a blend of terroirs from plots of old vines, is slender, expressive and fully mature without losing any freshness.

From the Producer: "On our plateau with draining and sloping lands, water is rare and constitutes a real source of wealth. The three original sources of the village gave it its Occitan name of Trespotz: “the three wells”. This village cuvée comes from three distinct subsoils which each bring their signature: the width of the siderilithic red clays, the elongation of the Kimmeridgian limestones, the immediacy of the marls. Through this blend, we want to faithfully capture the character of the wines of our commune: lively and ripe juices, chiselled by cool nights and hot days, with a silky structure that is forgotten."


This is not your dad's Cahors! There are two sides to the appellation: the alluvial valley of the Lot river, and the plateaux, Causses as they are called locally. The latter is where you will find Cahors’ most captivating wines. There, the bedrock is Kimmeridgian with a top soil of clay, and there is another type of terroir, siderolithic, which is very iron-rich. Maya and Nicolas at Calmette are not alone in making great wine on the Causses. There is a gang —Fabien Jouves comes to mind immediately. In other words, Cahors from the Causses is becoming a thing and this is what this gang is showing us: With top-notch viticulture, much lighter extraction, and lower to no sulfur, the hard tannins that made this appellation so infamous are gone. A fog has lifted; behind it, is an entirely different edge, this one magnificent: the minerality, acidity, and majestically punk rock energy of Kimmeridgian bedrock. Of course, Kimmeridgian is most famous for being the bedrock of Chablis. These new Cahors, especially Maya’s and Nicolas’, are softly and beautifully infused reds with the spine of powerfully mineral white wines. They are contemporary, energetic, saline, stony, vibrant. They are VERY exciting. Then, on the siderolithic terroirs, the iron-rich clay, with its signature umami and blood, takes it to a whole other level of complexity. These are Grands Vins.


Grape(s) Malbec
Farming Organic