The Lot River serpentines the entire appellation and enriches the soil of the surrounding vineyards. The dominant grape variety in AOC Cahors wines is Malbec, which must make up a minimum of 70% of the wine, and is known locally as “Côt”, “Côt Noir” or “Auxerrois”. It is supplemented by up to 30% Merlot and Tannat. The designation AOC Cahors may only be used for red wines. There is also some white and rosé wine produced in the same area sold under the designation Vin de Pays du Lot.
Max. Summer Temperature
Main Soil Type
Limestone, clay and quartz gravel
Latitude 44° 28′ 30” North
Longitude 01° 26′ 31” East
Types of Grape
Cahors red wine is made from Malbec, Merlot and Tannat.
There is also some white and rosé wine produced in the same area, and it is sold under the designation Vin de Pays du Lot instead.