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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  • Spain

    Spain is one of the word’s largest wine-producing regions. It comprises most of the Iberian Pen...

  • Argentina

    Argentina is one of the top five wine-producing countries in the world. For a long time, most o...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • South West France

    South West France, or Sud Ouest, is a large expanse that covers several districts within the co...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Chile

    Winemaking was first introduced to Chile by Spanish settlers in the 1500’s, but it wasn’t until...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Mendoza

    Mendoza is by far the largest and most prolific wine region in all of Argentina. It’s part of t...

Popular Wineries using Malbec

  • Numanthia

    The Numanthia estate is situated at Valdefinjas, a small village in the Zamora province. Numanthi...

  • Bodegas Ondarre,S.A.

    Bodegas Ondarre, founded in 1986, belongs to the Bodegas Olarra Group, one of the most famous nam...

  • Bodegas El Nido

    Bodegas El Nido is a collaborative wine brand created by Australian enologist Chris Ringland, S...

  • Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

    The Eguren family, generation after generation since 1870, have been dedicated to grape growing a...

  • Raimat

    We like what we make, wines with character. That's why we have continued to do so since 1914. And...

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

    Wines of the Herederos de Marqués de Riscal has always been a leading and pioneering company in t...

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Malbec on Snooth

  • Gouleyant Cahors 2012

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    Smooth - not as full bodied as expected. Elements of spice. Smooth finish. No acidity Read More

    Wine review by icbang


  • Norton Malbec "Lo Tengo" Mendoza Ns

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    Deliciously smooth and flavorible and reasonably priced. Read More

    Wine review by John Dutton


  • Viu Manent Rosé Viu Manent Chile Colchagua Valley 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Austinista


  • Luca Malbec 2010

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    Chewy spicy, hints of jam. No acidity Read More

    Wine review by icbang


  • Cultivate the Feast 2010

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    78% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 5% Syrah Rather complex and slightly sauvage on the nose with notes of bay leaf, black tea, integrated and subtle wood spice and black fruits all coming together nicely. Not quite dry, the leading edge of sweetness here adds some body and roundness to the palate. the acids and fine grained tannins do... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Thorny Rose Red Blend 2009

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    A bit floral on the nose and while there is obvious oak here its well integrated now with some cedar and tea tones adding detail to the smoky red plummy and jammy red currants of the nose. Smooth, bright and well focused with some early herbal nuance folding into a slightly creamy midpalate that shows fine red currant and raspberry fruit gently ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Red blends. We know what that means, right? It’s a code word for sweet ... 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 5% Syrah Rather complex and slightly sauvage on the nose with notes of bay leaf, black tea, integrated and subtle wood spice and black fruits all coming together nicely. Not quite dry, the leading edge of sweetness here adds some body a... Read More

    From the article California's Red Blends


  • Finca Copete Mendoza Malbec 2009

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    way above average - smooth, lovely . If only I could find it in my local stores! Read More

    Wine review by mendoza12


  • Clos des Fous Cauquenina Organic 2011

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    Funk on the nose. A northern Rhone wine reborn in Chile at a value price. This wine is proof that price does not always indicate quality! This would be a $75 wine if from the Napa Valley. Read More

    Wine review by cma238


  • Chateau du Cedre Heritage Cahors Malbec 2011

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    Wonderful, rich wine at a great price. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • 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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