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Most wine drinkers are familiar with the bold, fruit forward style of Malbec from Argentina that are filling store shelves these days, but few Americans are familiar with Malbec from the Cahors region of France.  While the black colored wines of Cahors are full-bodied, like their Argentine counterparts, they tend to be a degree lower in alcohol and the tannin level is not quite a sharp.  Most wine drinkers that have had Cahors don’t realize that it is made with Malbec, because until recently the word Malbec did not appear on the front label.  Now that French labeling laws have changed, the grape variety and the appellation can appear on the front label at the same time.  The co-op run by Georges Vigouroux in Cahors has capitalized on this recent change in the labeling law with the introduction of Pigmentum Malbec Cahors.  The word “Pigmentum” refers to what the Romans called the wine made from the ancestor of Malbec in Cahors a couple of millennia ago. Also, the words Malbec and Cahors prominently displayed on the label.  The superb quality of the 2010 Pigmentum Malbec Cahors ($9.99 – 90 points Wine Spectator) is so good that I think more Americans will become familiar with Malbec Cahors style.  If you would like to reserve a case of Pigmentum for the special price of $115, please contact Dave