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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  • V V - Thanks for the update on the $60 Malbec.  I'm glad I didn't purchase a case of it though because we bought some more wine today doing two wine tastings (see my Weekend Wine topic).  Right now we are enjoying a relatively cheap (as in $14.99) Bordeaux wine that we picked up at one of the wine tastings.  Sandra and I both like it and the pri... Read More

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  • Robo, sounds like your experience with the Rioja was similar to mine, lots of ... of ... just saw that $60 Malbec on sale on for $20 (minimum 4 bottle purchase) so I think you still got a good deal at $1 Read More

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  • That malbec story sounds like a marketing ploy.  Starting with Richard "Goodwine" Bonvin.   You read that it was supposed to be a $90 malbec, but now for a limited time only you can get it for the LOW LOW price of $15.98  BUT WAIT!!  If you order right now, we'll give you TWO!  A $90 malbec will not be firesaled for a pittance.  The Catena Alta ... Read More

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  • Thanks for tying that history together RF.  Look what I picked up today at ... in McLean, VA.  Three Malbec's, a Bordeaux and my prize selection, a Burgundy.  I can't wait for that upcoming Viking River Cruise through the Burgundy regio Read More

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  • V V - Sorry to hear about that 2012 Liquid Farm Golden ... ready to relax with a new Malbec I picked up earlier today at the Chain Bridge Cellars wine shop in McLean VA.  This bottle was supposedly intended to be sold for $60 recently but due to several market factors it dropped in price and I got it for about $18 a bottle (I bought 3 bottles a... Read More

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  • The grapes don't come from Vegas though, Greg. They ship em in from ... ... ... Cabernet Sauv, Merlot, Malbec, Mourvedre, Barbera, Syrah and Zin. I'm sure it delicious. Read More

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  • Made a trip to Pahrump Nevada today to play a round of golf with my friends at Mountain Falls GC. Amazing course! Rated #1 in Nevada and the #7 public course in America. Who would have thought a course that nice could be located smack dab in the middle of basically no-mans land.Because the trip is 45 minutes from Vegas, I decided to visit the wi... Read More

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  • Yeah, I really need to stock up on that Virginia swill. Been eyeballing all the ... $8 Chilean and Argentinian Malbec at Cost Plus with my tongue hanging out too ;)On second thought I like the sand on my own beach and I have nearly 1,000 local beaches to pick from. Once I'm done sticking my toes in them maybe I'll decide it's time to import san... Read More

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  • "what besides cabs and chards have you tried lately"Don't know ... Cab Franc is just over 1%, Malbec just under. Nebbiolo is around 0.05%. Cab, Zin, Merlot, and Pinot Noir make up over 70% of the total acreage. Primitivo shouldn't be on this list and I don't know that anyone wants to drink wine from the Mission grape, although I'd like to just... Read More

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  • I am new to this site i just happened to come across   it on goggle  so i posted a reply on  wine that  my father gave some years ago.I decided to go through what i have i know that some are very valuable if they were good to drink but i wouldn't  take a chance paying top dollar if it turns out to be vinegar  so i will list  some pics and would ... 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!

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  • Can you find Cabo De Hornos Melbec 2007 Gran Reserva?

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