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Location address: France, Midi-Pyrénées, Cahors
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Cahors is the capital of of the Lot department. Today it is a popular tourist centre with people coming to enjoy its mediaeval quarter and the unique 14th century fortified Valentré bridge. It was also infamous in the Middle Ages for having bankers that charged interest on their loans. The church in these times said that using money as an end in itself was a sin. Because of this Cahors became synonymous with this sin, and was mentioned in Dante’s Inferno (XI.50) alongside Sodom as wicked.
Cahors is best known as the centre of the famous AOC ‘black’ wine. Already since the Middle Ages they exported teh wine via Bordeaux, long before that region had developed its own viticulture industry. The dominant grape variety in AOC Cahors wines is Malbec. It is supplemented by up to 30% Merlot and Tannat. Cahors wine can be rather tannic when young, and benefit from aging.
Cahors (French pronunciation: [kaɔʁ]; Occitan: Caors [kaˈurs, ˈkɔws, ˈkɔw]) is the capital of the Lot department in south-western France.