French winemakers are subjected to several laws and regulations regarding the wines they produce, and how they can be labeled and sold. Such procedures are designed to increase the overall quality of the country's produce, and also to ensure that wines made in each particular region or appellation are of a character and type which is representative of the area. Thankfully for consumers of wine world-wide, the French have a particularly high reputation to uphold, and seem to do so flawlessly. Every year, wineries from all over France produce millions upon millions of bottles of fine wine, making the most of their native grape varieties and the excellent terrain which covers most of the country. From the expensive and exquisite red wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy, to the white wines and cremants of central France, the French are dedicated to providing the world with wines of the highest quality and most distinctive character.
Now becoming mature, this wine, part of a joint venture between Bertrand Vigouroux of Cahors and Sonoma winemaker/consultant Paul Hobbs, is showing dusty tannins, a tarry rich smoky character and considerable wood-aging flavors. It is perhaps less sophisticated than later vintages from this producer, boasting of the power of Cahors rather than its elegance. Drink from 2019.