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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  • Trapiche Broquel Malbec Mendoza 2016


    Binny's 12/2018. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Z, this bottle was a gift from a good friend and I've been holding on to it ... not a big fan of Argentinian Malbec but I knew that this bottle was a cut above most South American wines that I've tried. We drank the Spring Mtn. cab first, which definitely was the highlight of the evening, however, the Cheval des Andes held its own.  The cab in ... Read More

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  • We were at our friends the other night for a going away party for their son who ... ... Cheval des Andes (55% Malbec, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot).  Both were phenomenal, just in that perfect stage where the tannins were fully resolved but the fruit was still very much present.  Both of these were fairly complex and big wines with ... Read More

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  • Chateau la Chapelle Saint Loup Cotes-de-Bourg 1998


    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a wine merchant in Sussex.It is from ... consists of 60% merlot,25% malbec and 15% cabernet sauvignon.I started the bottle the other evening with my pasta bake supper. It is a fresh and full bodied wine with plenty of blackcurrant,plum and bramble style fruit complimented by soft but structured tannins.... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • 2 days after Thanksgiving - How many are still eating leftovers - I am and am ... am ... 2012 Norton Reserve Malbec. The 1st pour was dynamic with large notes of violets, pansy, blackberry, earth and leather jumping out of the glass. Following to the palate added dark plum and cocoa notes gave extra complexity. The tannins were still a little... Read More

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  • Anko 'Oasis En Altura' Salta Argentina Malbec 2016


    just seemed bitter and acidic for the Malbecs I am accustomed too. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Finca la Celia Malbec Elite Uco Valley Mendoza 2014


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Touraine-Amboise Chateau Montdomaine 2017


    I bought this bottle of wine for 8 euros on a recent visit to France.The ... ... this area and is 100% cot as malbec is known in these parts.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast pork.It was a deep dark red colour.It is a full bodied and well structured wine with plenty of a blackberry and bramble style fruit and soft tannins... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Warwick Valley Cabernet Franc


    2012 vintage. It starts off like a good malbec, robust and a little smoky. As it breathes, some sweetness and dark fruit notes come into play. Very good. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream

  • Trivento Malbec 2015


    From 2014. The label says it is a Wine Enthusiast best buy for 8 years straight. Tangy and fruity with a dash of smoke. Warm and tingly on the palate. The aroma has some sweetness to it. There is a touch of bitterness but it is well balanced. Pretty good. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream

  • 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...

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  • 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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