Thanks for that clear exposition, Hoke. I attended a similar event in 2008, I think, but didn't get a tutored tasting like that.
For my palate, though perhaps not for Otto's
, some of the initially oaky Cahors offerings do integrate into fine wines with real Cahors distinctiveness after about 10 years, e.g. Lamartine's Expression and Triguedina's Probus, but I think that Lagrézette's will never be other than smoothly international. My personal jury is still out on the up-market offerings of Le Cèdre and Cosse-Maisonneuve but I have enjoyed their entry level wines.
I long to try one of the terracotta raised cuvées.