Malbec

Name of varietal: Malbec

Common synonyms: Côt, Auxerrois, Pressac, Vesparo, Malbeck
 
Parentage of the grape: indigenous to France
 
History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French countryside (Janos Malbec-seed, perhaps?). But modern day oenologist Pierre Galet suggests that it was originally called “Côt” and Malbec may perhaps be a name given to it when it was grown in Burgundy. Regardless, the varietal was once one of the most popular grapes grown in France. However, it is very sensitive to frost and coulure (breaking apart), and after a particularly harsh winter in 1956, plantings of Malbec in France are now mostly limited to Southwest France, particularly in Cahors, and to the Medoc in Bordeaux, where it is a blending grape. 
 
Malbec has become the star red attraction in Argentina, where it is often produced in a lush, fruity style. Some parts of the country were resistant Read more »

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  • La Puerta Alta Famatina Valley Argentina 2017

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    very nice blend, smooth and pleasant.very likely to become sublime with aging. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Callia Bella Syrah & Malbec San Juan 2017

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Antigal Uno Malbec 2014

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    this Malbec is just perfect, strong, full and pleasant in flavor: not too tart, not too sweet. this wine was oaked very nicely . Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Susana Balbo Crios Rose of Malbec 2017

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    Binny's 9/2019. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve 2015

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    The 2015 Errazuriz Don Maximiano (mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, but with other Bordeaux varieties) presents with the deepest carmine colour, shining iridescently in the glass. The nose is dominated by acidic wild fruit such as wild, low shrub blueberry with a bit of cedar shank (as if presented on such a wood). Vanilla, mild tannin, cassis and blu... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Wow. Kind of a reflective, melancholy tone here!We were in Sonoma over the ... ... Proprietary Red, a blend of Malbec, Merlot, and Syrah, a first for me. Why? Because it's cheap and I wanted to see how they did on the cheaper stuff. And it's all estate fruit from Healdsburg, not Central Coast or whereve Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • Alamos Malbec 2017

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    Ruby red black cherry juice in color with an oily film created around the ... ... Overall a fine Argentine Malbec that tastes of high altitude conditio Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Fleur de Thenac Bergerac 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Hampstead ... cabernet franc and 13% malbec and was aged in oak barrels. I started the bottle the other evening with my pork chop supper.The wine was a nice dark colour.There is certainly plenty of a blackcurrant, blackberry,blueberry and licorice style fruit.It is full bodied with plenty of ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Bodegas San Huberto Malbec 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Chateau Segonzac Vieilles Vignes Cru Bourgeiois Premier Cotes Blaye France 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a wine merchant in Sussex.Three ... ... ... cabernet sauvignon,10% malbec,5% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot and spent 12 months in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.There is some blackcurrant and plum style fruit there with a hint of coffee and soft but struc... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I am trying to learn blind tasting. So far I'm looking to group together classic representative or varietally correct wines that have similar properties, so that I may learn how to tell the differences between them. What varietal wines do you think might present similarly to Malbec from Argentina? I'm new so Carmenere was my best guess. I'd lov...

    Comment by 1277765JenniferT 1277765 JenniferT


  • THis is the first Malbec I ever tried. I have tried others now but the Finca Los Primos Malbec is one of my favorites, not only because of the smooth taste but also the price is so fabulous that it is my staple on hand wine.

    Comment by 1029647Kimboe 1029647 Kimboe


  • Argentine Winery Tapiz is great with Malbec!

    Comment by 218530amour 218530 amour


  • justed had a taste of Malbec 2008, it paired well with our pasta dish

    Comment by 572455isomiii 572455 isomiii


  • I've just uploaded picture#4 in the 'Malbec' varietal profile. This is a Malbec grape from the 40 years-old vines in Cahors - the French Malbec!

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  • I absolutely cannot get enough of the FInca el Retiro Malbec 2004, but can't seem to find any lately. It is the best Malbec I have ever had! Simply delicious to the last drop. Ahhhh!

    Comment by 480607strofan23 480607 strofan23


  • one of the best and inexpensive Malbecs I have tried was 2006 MONTES... good quality for the price, even in Istanbul tURKEY where we pay tons of duty import and local taxes...!!!!

    Comment by 454743mesut 454743 mesut


  • Punto Final 2008. Luscious, luscious. I just love the jamminess at the front of every mouthful, the great body and the superbe finish. Then, repeat!

    Comment by 300941rosenkavalier 300941 rosenkavalier


  • Can you find Cabo De Hornos Melbec 2007 Gran Reserva?

    Comment by 91400Diane B 91400 Diane B


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