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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  • As a follow-on to the Phillips Museum performance Thursday evening, the ... ... dined at a tapas restaurant (Malbec for both of us) and then walked over to The Kennedy center for a performance of Declassified:  The B Sides, which was quite good.  I think it was well past 11 PM when we made it back home, since we usually ride the Metro system i... Read More

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  • Don Aparo Malbec Mendoza 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Tonight we dined with friends (from where we used to work) at a nearby steak ... the house wine at the bar (Malbec and Merlot), followed by a lovely Shiraz that I shared among the four of us during dinner - which was mostly steaks, lamb and salmon.  I would definitely order this 2014 Mollydooker 'The Boxer' Shiraz agai Read More

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  • Menage a Trois Silk 2014

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    One of the smoothest and best wines I have tried in a while. This elegant blend was tasty with cherry and raspberry notes and the cleanest finish ever. I could easily drink the entire bottle and not blink an eye. Read More

    Wine review by katherinerosegary


  • ProWein, the annual wine and spirits fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, is the ... Syrah, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. In the decade since they launched Cristobal Undurraga and his brothers have made remarkable strides with Viña Koyle. Auma, the top tier selection in their portfolio, is no exception. Toast, leather and earth notes are all present on the... Read More

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  • Benmarco Malbec 2013

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    Not bad but starchy minerality Read More

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  • Benmarco Malbec 2013

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  • Château les Rambauds Bordeaux Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2014

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Hermanos Malbec-Tannat 2013

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    Binny's 3/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • A tasty Zinfandel is always welcome in our house.  We recently enjoyed a ... ... and Sandra enjoyed the Malbec-Syrah blend from Mendoza.  Following dinner we walked over to the Phillips Museum to hear Sayaka Shoji perform on the violin with piano accompaniment by Ryo Yanagitani.  Wonderful performance - all of you would enjoy it I'm sure.  Af... Read More

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