Malbec seems as though it is always preceded by the word "Argentine" these days, though the cringe-worthy alternative “Argentinian” is probably even more prevalent! So, what’s up with this Argentine grape you ask?

Well, it’s actually from France, and has contributed to the make-up of Bordeaux for centuries, yet somehow never got past being a supporting actor on much of its home turf. You see, Malbec loves a sunny, dry climate, which is not exactly Bordeaux’s strong suit. Even in Cahors, France’s Malbec stronghold, the climate is such that the resulting wines tend to highlight more of the spice and structure that Malbec has to offer, and is used to such effect in Bordeaux.

On the other hand, in Argentina, the dry, sunny climate allows for a different Malbec, a more powerful version with an opulence and intensity of fruit that is rarely achieved in France. Whether this is better is simply a matter of taste, though it certainly has proven to be quite popular. That popularity, along with the new world’s generally warm and dry climates, has spurred many producers to take a closer look at Malbec. Now it’s my turn to take a closer look at their wines!