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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  • La Gourmandiere Touraine Cot 2010


    We were served this wine at dinner in the hotel on the recent French ... was made from the cot ]malbec ] grape by the large co-operative group Les Maitres Vignerons de la Gourmandiere.I enjoyed my share of this bottle. There was some plum style fruit there and the tannins were soft and unobtrusive.It was smooth and easy drinkin Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Dark Horse Red Blend 2013


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Browne Family Vineyards Tribute Red Blend 2012


    Had this at lunch at Marcello's. Nice little number with plenty of complexity ... dark berry flavors of the Malbec and Cabernet and cocoa and dark chocolate. Long finish that turns surprisingly a bit too dry. Nevertheless pretty darn goo Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Denada Cellars Red Blend 2012


    Carmenere is the overriding grape, here, as it always is.Flavors are characteristic of that verital. Dry finish. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • La Posta Malbec Pizzella 2013


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    Wine review by calywa

  • Argenses Malbec Block 18


    This review is for 2012 Reserve Block 15 Malbec. I think this wine is a great example of a good Malbec and drank it in 2015 MAY. I think waiting to drink this wine would be best if waited longer, closer toward the end of the window because it was not quite there yet. It is aged 14th in French oak barrel, hand picked, 100% estate. Read More

    Wine review by lauranda

  • Duncan, I take it you were cruising a portion of the Loire Valley? How did you find the malbec? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Bodega Cuarto Dominio 'Tolentino' Winemaker's Selection Malbec 2012


    From the 2nd dinner at Perry's. Seemed like the perfect example of Argentinian Malbec. Soft, well balanced spicy, smoky, pepper, cocoa, and toasted fruit. Great little one. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • I'm finally getting around to this.  Last week we spent a few days in ...  46% CS, 24% PV, 23% Malbec, 7% Merlot aged 18 months in American and French Oak.  I liked this blend, a lot.  A fair amount of red fruit.  Very light on tannin and acid.  A good hamburger wine.The "Bishop's Peak" label that Talley uses is for wines that are not from the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A 3-Hour Edna Valley Tour

  • Recent research shows that a glass of red wine a day is like twenty minutes of ... ... 16% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 2% Petit VerdotBlack mineral, violet, and distinct notes of menthol tinged herb greet the nose here followed by a nice touch of vanilla and deep, slightly stewy black fruit aromas. Rich in the mouth, this shows great depth of ... Read More

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