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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  • Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2015

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    Dusty and dry but quite fruity aromas of plum, raisin and red currant. Nicely spiced and red fruited on the palate with raspberry, red currant and Bing cherry flavors with a touch of herb clinging to the edges and streaks of resinous tannin coming through on the chocolatey finish.89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Troon Vineyard Mt Reserve Southern Oregon 2014

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    Rich, creamy vanilla aromas with dark baking spice and heady black currant notes on the nose. A bit tart on entry but still presents nice black fruit flavors of black currant and blackberry with a rich round mid palate and dark chocolate coming through towards the finish of blueberry, sour cherry and chewy tannins. Hefty and flavorful.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Santa Julia Malbec Rose Mendoza 2017

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    Strawberry, cranberry and raspberry aromas with some citrus and a light green note on the nose. In the mouth this is soft and delicate with a creamy mouthfeel and fruit flavors of chunky watermelon and strawberry, turning a bit floral on the finish with some funky earth notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Georges Vigouroux le Temps des Vendanges France 2016

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    The malbec nicely rounds out the merlot making this a very drinkable wine. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Moon Curser Border Vines 2016

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    The Border Vines 2016 is a delicious, fresh and pure wine - possibly in a vein close to pre-phylloxera Bordeaux. The scent seems dominated by sweet cherry (Carmenere?) and colour is black cherry (Petit Verdot?); entryis a pure, only slightly acerbic mix of sweet cherry and light oak; medium body, but elegant with a medium-log finish. Satisfying... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Cos Suzanne Cahors Cuvee Tradition 2014

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    I bought a half bottle of this wine for a mere three euros on a visit to ... ... ... made of a minimum of 70% malbec [known as cot or auxerois in these parts] from 7 communes around the town of Cahors in the valley of the River Lot about 100 miles east orf Bordeaux.My bottle comes from a family producer in this area and consists of 90% malbec ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Gato Negro Malbec 2017

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    Binny's 1/2019. No great shakes, but it did taste like wine. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • La Puerta Alta Red Blend Argentina 2016

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    a wonderful organic wine. Here's hoping that more estates will embrace the organic community. This Blend was just perfect, very hard to not drink the whole bottle in one siting. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Good bottle of wine, not the heavy malbec of the past.  Fine grained tannins frame the violet dark cherry, blueberry and spice notes.  Good refreshing acidity.  Suckling gave it a 92 - way to high - 88 points. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Atamisque Catalpa Assemblage 2013

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    Smooth and yummy. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • 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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