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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  • Spain

    Spain is one of the word’s largest wine-producing regions. It comprises most of the Iberian Pen...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • South West France

    South West France, or Sud Ouest, is a large expanse that covers several districts within the co...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Argentina

    Argentina is one of the top five wine-producing countries in the world. For a long time, most o...

  • Chile

    Winemaking was first introduced to Chile by Spanish settlers in the 1500’s, but it wasn’t until...

  • Mendoza

    Mendoza is by far the largest and most prolific wine region in all of Argentina. It’s part of t...

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  • Bodegas Olarra, S.A,

    Bodegas Olarra is located on the outskirts of Logroño, right in the heart of the Denominación de ...

  • Numanthia

    The Numanthia estate is situated at Valdefinjas, a small village in the Zamora province. Numanthi...

  • Raimat

    We like what we make, wines with character. That's why we have continued to do so since 1914. And...

  • Marqués de Griñon

    The Marqués de Griñon estate, in the family since 1292, was the first in Spain to be granted its ...

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

    The Eguren family, generation after generation since 1870, have been dedicated to grape growing a...

  • Bodegas El Nido

    Bodegas El Nido is a collaborative wine brand created by Australian enologist Chris Ringland, S...

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Malbec on Snooth

  • Diego, we have also been enjoying Rose this summer, more so than usual thanks ... unheard of, but a rose of Malbec is something I haven't had the pleasure of trying - yet.Tonight we cooked up a large pot of chili that simmered on the stove for several hours. Paired this with a Treasure Hunter Petite Sirah. After an additional 2 years of aging ... Read More

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  • Shipping wine to CR is not an option, the regulatory hurdles are ... unknown reason. Cabs and Malbec is pretty good.If you haven't been to CR for a while be prepared for sticker shock Costa Rica is now one of the most expensive places to stay in Latin America. I believe Punta del Este in Uruguay is the only place which is more expensive.Best of... Read More

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  • Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet/Malbec Nicolas Catena Zapata Argentina Red 2004

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    Enjoyed this on 4 Sep, 2014. Have had it in my cellar since Nov 2009, so 5 years. Dark purple in colour, strong and intense with blackcurrant and minerals on the nose, plus some coffee and leather, Complex, ripe, and intense on the palate, and maintains a high level of elegance, smoothness while still having some intense power. It could well ha... Read More

    Wine review by Ruski


  • Hello  I'll be in Costa Rica for several months and need some help in purchasing wines.  My favorites are the Spanish Riojas and cavas as well as the French Bourdeaux. Any suggesstions? Thanks Read More

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  • It's Rosé time. San Felipe Rosé de Malbec. It smells like candied red fruits. In the palate was pleasantly crisp and light. It made a great pair with some heavily spiced turkey necks.I bought it because its short contact with oak (3 months), and I find this very unusual for a Rosé. Is it? or it is some new trend? Read More

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  • Charles Smith the Velvet Devil 2012

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    Very spicy. Green pepper and plum. Hot. Balanced acidity and tannins. Tense, tight. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Diseño Malbec 2009

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    Aroma smelling of a fresh grape arbor, taste of stone fruit, coffee, blueberry spice and chocolate. This one's a winner for under $10. Well balance with mild tannins and a bit of a hint of tartness. Finish is ok Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • So I just started a wine tasting class a couple of weeks ago in college as an ... improved a lot an Argentine Malbec young wine.But earlier today a classmate shared this aerator on facebook. So now I am pretty curious about this whole "wine aerator" thing. I've done some research. Yet I'm still not sure about how this could possibly work, or w... Read More

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  • Alma Andina Malbec Reserve 2012

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    ALL I KNOW IS MY SON DOES NOT DRINK WINE BUT WAS FLOORED BY THE VINTAGE Read More

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  • @emark: So I currently study business in college, taking a little course on ... Concha y Toro. And also like Malbec Argentinian wine. Lucky to have those South American wines easily here in Peru@Really Big Al: thankfully earthquake epicenter was kind of far from Lima, so it was a shaky fun movement for us :)@Yossel: Thank you sir! I also find ... 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.

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  • Argentine Winery Tapiz is great with Malbec!

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  • 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?

    Comment by 91400Diane B 91400 Diane B


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