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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  • Helix Rose 2012

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    The color is a deep pink, truly the color of a nice rose. The nose is lovely combination of cool citrus, strawberry and watermelon notes. The taste is blast of summer right from the outset, fresh fruit flavors of strawberry and watermelon with a hint of fresh cut grass transports you to your favorite picnic spot. The acidity is well balanced ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Sandra celebrated her '100 days until retirement' last night in style. ... ... a blend of Syrah and Malbec from Chile.  I personally am really into these Syrah / Malbec blends lately.    Next up was a stop at the B Side, a small bar where Sandra had a sherry and I had another glass of wine, this time a Malbec.We then saw a movie - Irrational ... Read More

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  • We feel so at home with trusty varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Malbec these days that it can be hard to imagine a wine world where blends are barnstorming for more votes from the wine drinking masses.  Yet that's exactly where we are at these days, wine expert Bill Ward said in an article this past week in Minnesota's Star Trib... Read More

    From the article Bidding Adieu to Varietals? Blends Beg for Attention in Modern Wine World


  • We finally saw "Book of Mormon" last night at The Kennedy Center in ... ... tried the 'Rose of Malbec', and it was quite nice.  I think Sandra tried a Chardonnay and our friend Lynn had a glass of red wine.  When our other friends arrived we moved to the dinner table and the wine steward (Keith) recommended a very nice red from Mendoza Argent... Read More

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  • My wine group met yesterday, my turn to host. Wines are served blind, usually ... 88Flight 4:Bodega Weinert Malbec 1977Bodega Weinert Malbec 1979The 1977 is the famous one, and it was excellent. The group was convinced I had served a couple of older Amarones, there was that roasted quality to them, combined with great acidity and length. The 1... Read More

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  • My wife and I enjoyed several wines when we visited a few wineries in Chile ... ...  I really enjoy the Malbec grape from Chile.  We didn't make it up to Medonza Argentina but we did sample the wines of Argentina (good) and Brazil (not so good Read More

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  • Zuccardi Malbec Malamado 2012

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    Clear, strawberry colors with hints of cherry juice in color. Aromas of jellied grape, rich dark fruits like plum, black cherry, raisin, and undertones of alcohol, black currant and licorice! The flavors follow very closely with added notes of vanilla bean, maple/butterscotch and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is sweet, smooth and left to air for ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


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  • Clos la Coutale Malbec Blend Cahors 2008

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    Wine review by dghelen


  • Antigal Malbec Uno 2010

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    Wine review by veriwine


  • 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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