If you’ve yet to explore the wines of Cahors, the wines from Crocus are an ideal place to start. Crocus builds on the considerable expertise of the unlikely pairing of Cahors winemaker Bertrand-Gabriel Vigouroux and winemaker Paul Hobbs (perhaps better known for his Californian projects and Argentinian Malbec). The Vigouroux family, based in the region for centuries, brings 150 years of winemaking experience to the table. L’Atelier is authentic Cahors Malbec with of modern vitality, a very accessible wine melds the contrasting elements of bright fruit and rustic earthiness.
Fermentation and maturation takes place in cool stainless steel tanks – the wine does not see oak. The 2014 vintage is the product of a prime growing season: good flowering in the spring and in the cool summer, followed by a sunny, dry “Indian Summer” leading up to harvest in September.
A nearly opaque wine with a purple hue, this Malbec shows a bright and harmonious nose of Morello cherry, black plum, and blackberries with low tones of ash and leather. The expansive palate is alive with fresh fig, raspberry, and redcurrant, finishing with earthy tannins and black pepper.
“The result of a collaboration between Sonoma-based winemaker/consultant Paul Hobbs and the Bertrand Vigouroux family in Cahors, this wine is packed with fruit, acidity and generous tannins. Without any wood aging, it is all blackberry flavors, with a crisp edge and a dry core. Drink this perfumed wine from 2019.”
90 points, Wine Enthusiast, June 2018