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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  • Which Cab Sav's are REALLY good right of the bat (upon release from the winery) and even better after 5 years?  Read More

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  • Lovely dinner that Sandra made tonight.  Homemade pasta with sausage that ... ... one of our Repris 2012 Malbecs and I must say, this is the finest Malbec I have yet tasted. &nbs Read More

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  • Lirico Vista Flores Single Vineyard 2013

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    Wonderful, should have bought a full case. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Tinto Negro Mendoza Malbec 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Finca Abril Rapsodia Malbec Reserva 2011

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    Wine review by ddiverio


  • So sad! Prayers go out to family and friends.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic RIP Denis Malbec


  • Hadn't heard his name mentioned before the news here. What a tragic loss. Read More

    Forum post in the topic RIP Denis Malbec


  • Hasn't really hit the web yet. Too bad, amongst other things, that he couldn't have the lengthy career of his dad and grand dad. Read More

    Forum post in the topic RIP Denis Malbec


  • Shocking news unfolding in Napa Valley.  Sad day for Cali Cab Sauv lovers. Single vehicle crash in Yountville. Another young winemaker was in the passenger seat and survived. The whole wine community is in mourning. Read More

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  • Bodega Colome Estate Malbec 2012

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    Big and Burly Malbec - blend. Cannot remember much about it, for I had it quite a few months ago, but seem to remember that it was similar to these tasting notes from Wine Advocate...'The very showy, open and aromatic nose is very balsamic and spicy with aromas of wild herbs, especially thyme, juicy blueberries and violets. This is a ripe Malbec... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Had friends over last night and shared a bottle of Aguribay Malbec 2006 Red. We were all pleasantly suprise, its smooth rich elegant taste, was such a delight, we all loved it.

    Comment by 320157Tasti 320157 Tasti


  • This may be the underrated grape of today drinker- Originally named the Pressac from the De Pressac Estate in Saint Emilion, where the winemake was a Monsieur Malbec, it became the workhorse of the Cahors SW France region- Recently transplanted to Argentina and Chile (where it is original pre phylloxera rootstock) its success has started a regen...

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  • I love the Malbe, Alegoria of Navarro Correa & Catena...Both are delicious...

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