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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  • Tres Exilios, Malbec, 2012 2012


    Binny's 12/2014. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Michel Torino Don David la Maravilla Malbec 2010


    Like the intense chocolate nose, and sweet plums Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Decopas Malbec 2013


    Rustic aromas of barnyard and hay with deep black fruit and some forest floor. Flavors are juicy and bright, with dark ripe black cherry, coffee and violets leading the charge. Finishes round with a fair bit of toast. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • La Posta Malbec/Syrah/Bonarda Cocina Tinto Mendoza 2012


    One of my favorites. Smooth and well balanced. Read More

    Wine review by angela318

  • Broquel Malbec 2011


    Had this with Dinner the other night at Mercat Bistro. Found this review online ... than I can.'...A big fruity malbec with mulberry and blackberry fruit aromas, hints of oak plus floral and herbal tones, plus some dark chocolate. Its full bodied, fairly dense, creamy and lively. Focus is well maintained on to the finish. Try with rich game or ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Turns out Starbucks just wasn't ubiquitous enough. The Seattle-based java purveyor has released the details of its plans to expand its luxury-leaning menu to about 3,000 stores next year. Financial website Daily Finance reported the move is part of Starbucks' plans to increase revenue in the next five years. “Starbucks says it has a five-year pl... Read More

    From the article Malbec Meets Mocha: Starbucks Reveals Details of New Menu

  • Waterbrook Malbec 2012


    Hot black pepper and black fruit aromas. The juicy blackberry and clove flavors are smooth and smoky with good toast, cola freshness and acidity, and a long milk chocolate finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Chateau le Ferreau Belair Cotes de Bourg 2010


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington ... cabernet sauvignon and 10% malbec and is aged for two years in used oak barrels. I had it with the Sunday lunch of lamb shanks. There is plenty of a blackcurrant and plum style fruit and the tannins were soft but held things together nicely.Overall I would say this is just what... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Mauricio Lorca Angel's Selection Malbec 2013


    A Naked Wines Selection. This is for the 2013, though I had the 2012, some time ago, but did not keep notes on it. This opens with cherry preserves, cedar, and dark chocolate and then a blueberry/cherry chocolate taste. There is a strange metallic taste midpalate that is off-putting, but that subsides -although does not quite go away after the ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Even my wine geek pals start to reach out to me around this time of year: ... ... to face a thank you. Why not Malbec? Everyone loves Malbec! Hey, you haven’t talked to her since January. Achaval Ferrer 2011 Malbec Mendoza Your Secret Santa No matter how large or small your office is, this could be a real crapshoot. Play it safe and buy two ha... Read More

    From the article Wines for Holiday Gifting

  • 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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