Touraine Rouge "Les Côts Hauts," Mikaël Bouges
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Touraine Rouge "Les Côts Hauts," Mikaël Bouges - 2018

Item # 27533 750mL

A charming wine from the artisan, Mikaël Bouges. Made of the local grape, Côt, or Malbec with such a unique expression coming from the Loire Valley. Complex yet accessible and especially a great match at the table chilled. A red wine for meat.

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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

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Staff Pick Notes

Côt, or Malbec, is a grape variety that can produce wines of dramatically varying character depending on where it is grown. One can sample 20 expressions of Malbec from Argentina and have it pegged as a plush, fruit-forward, New World steak wine. Try one from Cahors, where Malbec originated, and these adjectives will be replaced with spicy, structured, Old World, and robust. Think you have it cornered again, and you run into Mikael Bouges’ “Les Côts Hauts” to turn everything you thought about the grape on its head. This is acid-driven and minerally, with fresh black fruits, a medium body, a lean texture, and none of the robust tannins of a Cahors, nor the plush mouthfeel of an Argentinian Malbec. It calls more for grilled vegetables and rabbit confit than steak. And at under $15, it's a steal for Loirephiles and Malbec adventurers alike!

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There’s a lot to remember when it comes to the Loire. Novices, take note: Cabernet Franc is a great alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscadet is unparalleled as a companion to shellfish, and Cour Cheverny is the best white wine appellation you’ve never heard of. As diverse as Loire wines are, one day soon you'll know your Melon de Bourgogne from your Romorantin.

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