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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  • Malbec, 2017, mendoza, argentina, Global wines adventure Series 2017

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    Aldi on 10/2018. You can beat this value with a stick. Could be a great house wine. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • A box sitting in corner of the porch Had this (glad I saw it - got cold last ... Riesling and the 2015 Norton Malbec Reser Read More

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  • Saturday October 27th from 6-10pmJoin us for a harvest dinner featuring Char ... Pie paired with a glass of Malbec (1 oz pour)Additional glasses of wine and bottles of wine can be purchased throughout the evening. Our winemaker will offer barrel tasting of the 2016 & 2017 wine Read More

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  • Santa Julia Malbec 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on special ... ... offer at £5. It is a malbec from the Mendoza region of Argentina up in the foothills of the Andes. I started it last night with my supper of chicken thighs.There is plenty of a fresh blackberry,cherry and plum style fruit with soft tannins although it could... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Aridus Malbec Arizona 2015

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    Pleasant spice and floral aromas with raspberry fruit and a light character. Fruity, fresh and light with good spice throughout, this is a lovely bottle thats easy drinking and pleasant, a bit floral but with very clear, inviting fruit.89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Lamartine Cotes de Castillon 2004

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £7 from the website ... cabernet franc and 5% malbec and was aged in cement vats.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb. There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and cherry style fruit with a hint of smoke or cigar box and soft but structured tannins. In short,this is a first class example of... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Bodega Norton Perdriel Malbec Perdriel Colección 2014

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    Thought this would be rather dry but it wasn't too bad for a malbec. Well balanced. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Chateau Belvue Bordeaux France 'Cuvee L' Emotion' 2015

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    while I am torn as to when one should use stainless steel vating V/S the Oak, ... have mattered as the cab-sab/malbec overwhelmed the merlot/cab franc Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Emiliana Malbec Natura 2017

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    This was decent, reasonable drinking wine. Nothing wonderful but not bad either. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Prieure de Cenac 2012

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    Normally, I'm not a fan of Malbec. It's too dry. This French Malbec was a pleasant surprise. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • 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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