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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  • Craggy Range "Te Kahu" Bordeaux Blend Gimblett Gravels 2009

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    Boy is this good. Bourdeaux all the way. You'll want meat with this. Blackberries, plum, vanilla, earthy/herbal notes and oak round out the nose. Chewy tannins the rachet up not only the fruit, but the intensity of the mouthfeel in general. The taste is well defined with pleasing fruit with additional cinnamon and mocha to round out the palate. ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Craggy Range Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Vineyard 2011

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    This has an odd presence for a bordeaux blend. Actually it makes me think of some pre-1997 Iyalian wines. Although there is accompanying fruit, it's more earth, spice, red cedar, anise and snappy acidity and tannins. It's a little different but it is good. drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Les Vaucorneilles Cuvee Nathan Touraine Mesland 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a stand at the London France Show back in ... ... cabernet franc,gamay and malbec [called cot in this area ].It is not oaked. I started my bottle last night with my bacon pasta bake and I did enjoy it.There is some fairly intense blackcurrant,blackberry and licorice style fruit with more than a hint of pepper ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Mjet - these days it's hard to think of a CA or WA Cab that will improve ... Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Malbec, Carmenere, etc. If you have a wine that's going to improve, it's likely to be pretty good on release. It's not like even twenty years ago when you had to wait for Barbaresco or Bordeaux to soften and become palatable.And then as ot... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines at release and down the...


  • Manos Negras Malbec 2012

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    Good Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Doña Paula Malbec 2005

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    Smooth, not overly flavorful. Decent wine. Read More

    Wine review by jtfluitt


  • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages Sonoma County 2010

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    More blue than red purple color. Green woody nose with a fair amount of earthiness. Gentle hit of cassis on introduction, but lots more going on. Again, Im getting a green viney thing, but definitely not in your face. Dark chocolate with only the suggestion of bitterness. A full-bodied wine, but not a brute. On the other hand it is not a... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Mauricio Lorca Malbec Mendoza 2015

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    Boy was this ever good. Rich, lush blackberry, dark cherry, damson plum, spice and pepper lead to a well balanced tannic/acid profile that leads to a nice pop at the end. A short but taut aftertaste finishes the wine. Drink now - Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Tikal Malbec Altos de Mendoza Amorio 2008

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    Great with manchego Read More

    Wine review by Canaves


  • I recently purchased the Penfolds 2013 Bin 28 Shiraz, 2013 Bin 387 Cab/Shiraz ... d'Elsa, 2013 La Posta Malbec, a 2014 Longuedoc red by Jeff Carrel among others.  Really itching to try the Jeff Carrel, but the 3 Penfolds are going to have to lay down in my cellar for a few year Read More

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  • 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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