When visiting vineyards of Cahors in southern France, one must see vineyard is Clos Triguedina. The Baldes family have been making wine since 1830, and their newly renovated museum and wine tasting room are a delight to visit.
Cahors is famous for wine, as it is the area that first produced Malbec wine, and the Bales are one of the founding wine families and still one of the primary producers of Cahors wine.
When visiting the vineyard, there are plenty of tours available. The exception tour is 15 euros and will take you on a tour of the vines and cellars and provide you with a tasting of 7 wines and some snack. The most spectacular tour would have to be the private tasting. For 30 euros you can go on a private tour of the winery with the owners, taste five wines, including one old vintage and you, get a personalized bottle of wine given to you to take home as a souvenir. Or, if you want you can also contact the winery to arrange a custom tour.
For my tour, after exploring the vines and the museum where you can see artifacts about the history of the vineyard, we moved on to the part I was most excited about – the tasting!
On my wine tasting, I tried their sparkling rosé, Malbec rose, Clos Triguedina, Petit Clos, Probus, New Black Wine, and Viognier Chardonnay. It is rare for me to go on a wine tasting, and like all the wines, but the diverse lineup of wines were all fantastic. If I had to pick a favorite it would be the either the Petit Clos or Chardonnay, something I found surprising in a region famous for their red wine – and yet I liked both the fruity and full-bodied red and white.
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Following the wine tasting, I had the pleasure of wine cellars and even picking up a vintage bottle that I plan on opening in several years for a big celebration. I can’t recommend the experience enough, not only were Sabine and Jean-Luc Baldès a delight to meet and learn from but the quality of wine they produce is exceptional.
For those of you in Ontario or Quebec, you’ll be happy to know you can also purchase their wine at the LCBO or SAQ.