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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  • My wife and I enjoyed several wines when we visited a few wineries in Chile ... ...  I really enjoy the Malbec grape from Chile.  We didn't make it up to Medonza Argentina but we did sample the wines of Argentina (good) and Brazil (not so good Read More

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  • Zuccardi Malbec Malamado 2012

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    Clear, strawberry colors with hints of cherry juice in color. Aromas of jellied grape, rich dark fruits like plum, black cherry, raisin, and undertones of alcohol, black currant and licorice! The flavors follow very closely with added notes of vanilla bean, maple/butterscotch and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is sweet, smooth and left to air for ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


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  • Clos la Coutale Malbec Blend Cahors 2008

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  • Antigal Malbec Uno 2010

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  • Villa Francioni Tinto 2006

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  • So it turns out your intimations of cassis and petroleum have more to do with ... ... way the taste of that Malbec for which you finally ponied up an Andrew Jackson.At the heart of this mouthful of action is a process in which your mouths enzymes become arbiters of taste. You see, Szymanski said, taste molecules attached to sugar molecules ge... Read More

    From the article You Can Thank A Cavalcade of Bacteria for Your Golden Palate


  • Following suit with the rest of the wine world – and certainly not ... ... included big-bodied reds (Malbec, Cabernet or Shiraz, anyone?) on a summer-focused list which normally flatters white wines to no end and leaves red in the cellar until the cold weather comes.Aside from diverging from the usual lists of summer wines, Lyons' recommendati... Read More

    From the article WSJ Releases List of 12 Must-Try Summer Wines


  • Finca Flichman Malbec Misterio 2013

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    Not a very good Malbec. 6/10/15 @ White Lake, MI. Pared with grilled strip steak. I wonder if the quality/value ratio of this varietal is beginning to diminish? Likely will have to pay a little more than in the past to avoid the blandness I experienced in this bottle. 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...

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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

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  • 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!

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  • 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?

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