Cahors is one of the oldest wine regions in France, with vines first planted here by the Romans in 50 BC. It sits just east of Bordeaux along the Lot river, a tributary of the Gironne. The main grape of the region is malbec, whose ample tannins earned the region’s wines the name “black wine” for centuries. The Cassot family estate is located in the village Preyssac, where they have been growing grapes since the 1870’s, though it wasn’t until 1992 that Michele Cassot left the local coop and began to bottle his wines at the estate. This cuvée is fermented and aged in large oak foudres. With several years of bottle age, it has settled in nicely and would stand up to a slow-cooked pot of beans or braised pork.