Not Just Tomatoes in Cotes Du Marmandais.

by Darby
(South West France)

Marmande is justly famous for its tomatoes. Rouge de Marmande is known around the world as a first class variety. It even tastes like a tomato.

You may not be aware that the town of Marmande gives its name to a fine wine appellation as well Cotes du Marmandais on the Garonne River in the Department of Lot-et-Garrone therefore outside the Bordeaux region. Red, white and pink wines are produced under the appellation.

The other day I tried a nice bottle of Chateau De Lescour red, 2004. I'd picked it up in a supermarket for five Euros or so.

In the South West France region the closer you get to Bordeaux the more likely you are to get the Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc and Merlot in the blend. In this case there was also some Abouriou and Malbec. The latter variety is called called Cot down here.

Abouriou is a local red variety, not found outside SW France to my knowledge. Although Jancis seems to think that the variety known as early Burgundy in California is in fact Abouriou.

Abouriou seems to add a softer richer undertone to the wine, perhaps a little like McLaren vale or Barossa wines softened with Touriga. I enjoyed most of the bottle of Chateau De Lescour with a cassoulet, a local favourite dish.

I'd be very happy to find Aussie wine of this quality for 10 bucks.

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