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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  • 2017 El Guardian 'Cerro Solo' Central Valle, Chile Red Wine 2017


    an interesting blend with two full bodied wines yet the flavor is surprisingly crisp and not heavy Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Antigal Uno Malbec 2014


    while this is a decent Malbec it is lighter and not as full bodied as Malbec's i have enjoyed previously Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • OK - I'll admit that TCA, Brett and cork taint make me curl up my face and ... ... Cabby/7% Peite Verdot/4% Malbec. Nothing high end but good enough to enjoy the Packer victory and start getting setup for the D&R nigh Read More

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  • Flora Springs Trilogy Napa Valley 2015


    Earthen and red fruited with soft clay and notes of strawberry, red currant and cherry. Dusty, smoky and brooding on the palate with notes of floral cherry blossom and ripe raspberry, a hefty mouthfeel and vanilla bean notes, finishing with smoke and leather and dried concentrated blackberries layered on top of strong tannins. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • The wife said I needed to go to the grocery store the other day - bad idea - ... and 2 of the Norton Reserva Malbe Read More

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  • Chateau Tour de Tourteau Cotes de Bourg 2016


    I bought this half bottle of wine from a shop in Calais where it was on ... ... of merlot.cabernet franc and malbec although I do not know in what proportions.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb.There is plenty of blackcurrant,plum and black cherry style fruit with hints of cigar box and vanilla especially on the fini... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Quimay Malbec 2015


    Initial hit of blueberry, but, then, a chemical bitterness that is not too much fun. Its not that this is a particularly bad wine, it just isnt a particularly good wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Expedition to Total Wine with a 20% off coupon.2 X German Dornfelders: 2 X ... X Italian Lagrein 2 X Malbec--one Argentinian and one French I have no reason to believe that any of these is particularly distinguished, but at the prices I was paying--the most expensive was $21.59 with the coupon--who care Read More

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  • Catena Malbec 2015


    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1

  • Trapiche Broquel Malbec Mendoza 2014


    earthy and primitive yet challenging to the palate with a mild surprise Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • 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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