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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  • Today my wife Sandra took her friend Marlene out on the town in a big way to ... the tasting and one being a Malbec that looked tasty to me.Here are some tasting notes on the wines from the tasting:Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc $24.99Pale straw colour with green hues. Fresh aromatics of white flowers, jasmine, nectarine and lime. The palate is ... Read More

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  • Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Blend Lunlunta D.V. Catena Cabernet-Malbec 2003

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    Wine review by testscreen


  • As a UK journalist, and Master of Wine, I discuss, criticise and recommend not ... Winemaker’s Selection Malbec at £4.75 ($7.20), which you can buy in for a party and everyone will love. I do a Friday night drive time radio slot, recommending a couple of wines for the weekend and the hills of Gloucestershire echo with a collective intake of br... Read More

    From the article A Salute to Wine in the United Kingdom


  • Colores del Sol Malbec 2012

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    As always a nice price friendly wine that you can find in your local supermarket. Your dinner guests will never think that is where you picked this up. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Finca Flichman Malbec 2010

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • Church & State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Petit Verdot Malbec 2010

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    Another interesting (and good) experiment with exotic varieties (of a sort). ... and palate reminds mostly of Malbec and there is a grainy tannin on the finish. Good showing of this variety - at any rate - with the colour of the Petit Verdot also prominent. 86 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Malbec. Luigi Bosca 2012

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • Masi Tupungato Paso Doble 2010

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    Wine review by calywa


  • Septima Malbec 2012

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    Purchased this for under $8 dollars and what a super deal. Plum notes, vanilla, nice balance between acidity and tannins. Condensed grape flavor with a mouth coating finish. Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Red Rock Winery Malbec Reserve Mendoza 2013

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    Hilton Head, Harris Teeter, March 2015. Good stuff. (nice review, Randy?). Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • 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?

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