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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  • "Washington State is beautiful AND they make what I'm believing to be ... ... Cabernet Suavignons and Malbecs are not going to be sweet."If you mean dessert-wine sweet I'll agree. If you also accept fruit-forward I'll disagree. Just was drinking some Trapiche Finca Las Palmas Cabernet Sauvignon this week that was part of the auction leftovers... Read More

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  • The wine I chose was according to the taste preference of our guest . I would prefer a Cab or a Malbec personally. Are those considered to be sweet ? Because I really don`t like sweet wine, at least sweet according to my palate. Our friend saw the movie "Sideways" and is convinced that a Pinot Noir is the wine he wants to try. He went to a tasti... Read More

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  • Don Miguel Gascon Malbec 2014


    A nice Malbec that can be found in many grocery stores, etc. Read More

    Wine review by anstett

  • Fuzion Alta Wine of Origine Mendoza Argentine Mendoza Vin Rouge Malbec 2009


    so so Read More

    Wine review by feebex

  • HI everone. New to Snooth here, but would love some recommendations. Not so ... ... good examples of this in Malbec, Syrah, Cab Sauv, Mourvedre and Nero D'Avola. I just had my first Tannat and Sagrantino, which were both good but as noted the bitter tannins in the Sagrantino were a distraction.I appreciate the tip Read More

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  • Chateau Terrebert Cotes du Marmandais Malbec Cabernet Franc 2012


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  • Cheers, and thanks for giving us a fun topic to riff off of and discuss, ... ... ... enjoying this 2012 Ponte Malbec (sourced from Mendoza grapes), it's got more fruit but also more chewy tannin than the first 2014 Lapierre Beaujolais Morgon I opened, which is also real nice, but is in need of food to go with it. Still waiting for the food ove... Read More

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  • That would make for a very interesting tasting Duncan, to taste a few from the ... party that has a 2012 Ponte Malbec ready to be opened with the thanksgiving fare, however on the back label they make no bones about it, the grapes are from an old site in Mendoza, and labeled as 15% Abv. Expecting a fruit/alcohol bomb, but we'll se Read More

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  • Redagic  Malbec originated in France but the taste of a wine is not only down to the grape type but also the 'terroir ' or the soil and microclimate of the spot where the vine is grown. Dmucker has made the generalisation that Argentine malbecs are 'rounder and sweeter' and Cahors is 'more tannic and acidic' but each wine is different.  Chateau ... Read More

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  • Actually the Malbec in the states to try would be Lagier Meredith's - have heard good things by fellow wino's  , and no mention of blending.   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

    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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