Beautiful hilltop vineyards west of Cahors produce one of the most pure expressions of Malbec that I have ever tasted. The very creative viticulturalist and vigneron team of Virginie and Matthieu Molinie blend their separately vinified parcels of Malbec each year into wines that you can enjoy either "maintenant" or well into the future.
Ripe, lush Malbec fruit
Perfectly pruned rows of vines. Notice the broken limestone soil composition which creates the minerality.
Virginie et Matthieu
Maintenant is the French word for "now" which could actually mean multiple things for this wine. It is produced to be consumed now although it also has the structure to age well for at least five years. There is something fun and lively about this wine too which is part of the now theme as you should feel free to open it on any occasion. The actual full name of the wine, however, is "Maintenant ou Jamais" which means "now or never" which adds to the theme of the fun of spontaneously opening a bottle of wine.
Aromas are of blackberries, blueberries, and mocha. Flavors include figs, dark plums, cherries, and a hint of tobacco. This is medium to full bodied along with very smooth tannins, good balance, and perfect acidity. Food pairings include filet mignon, New York steak, rib eye, roast beef, veal chop, rack of lamb, venison, elk, and hard cheeses.
Chateau Ponzac "Estate" 2016
This is the primary "estate" wine of Chateau Ponzac which Virginie and Matthieu blend out of separately vinified parcels across the estate. Aromas are of blackberries, pomegranate, and blueberries. Flavors include rich tart cherries, ripe peaches, and boysenberries. This has a very satisfying medium to full body, is perfectly balanced across the palate, and an enjoyable finish.
Food pairings include filet mignon, New York steak, rib eye, roast beef, lamb, duck, venison, wild boar, pork chops, ratatouille, coq au vin, vegetable casseroles, and rich and hard cheeses.