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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  • Sandra celebrated her '100 days until retirement' last night in style. ... ... a blend of Syrah and Malbec from Chile.  I personally am really into these Syrah / Malbec blends lately.    Next up was a stop at the B Side, a small bar where Sandra had a sherry and I had another glass of wine, this time a Malbec.We then saw a movie - Irrational ... Read More

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  • We feel so at home with trusty varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Malbec these days that it can be hard to imagine a wine world where blends are barnstorming for more votes from the wine drinking masses.  Yet that's exactly where we are at these days, wine expert Bill Ward said in an article this past week in Minnesota's Star Trib... Read More

    From the article Bidding Adieu to Varietals? Blends Beg for Attention in Modern Wine World


  • We finally saw "Book of Mormon" last night at The Kennedy Center in ... ... tried the 'Rose of Malbec', and it was quite nice.  I think Sandra tried a Chardonnay and our friend Lynn had a glass of red wine.  When our other friends arrived we moved to the dinner table and the wine steward (Keith) recommended a very nice red from Mendoza Argent... Read More

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  • My wine group met yesterday, my turn to host. Wines are served blind, usually ... 88Flight 4:Bodega Weinert Malbec 1977Bodega Weinert Malbec 1979The 1977 is the famous one, and it was excellent. The group was convinced I had served a couple of older Amarones, there was that roasted quality to them, combined with great acidity and length. The 1... Read More

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  • My wife and I enjoyed several wines when we visited a few wineries in Chile ... ...  I really enjoy the Malbec grape from Chile.  We didn't make it up to Medonza Argentina but we did sample the wines of Argentina (good) and Brazil (not so good Read More

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  • Zuccardi Malbec Malamado 2012

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    Clear, strawberry colors with hints of cherry juice in color. Aromas of jellied grape, rich dark fruits like plum, black cherry, raisin, and undertones of alcohol, black currant and licorice! The flavors follow very closely with added notes of vanilla bean, maple/butterscotch and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is sweet, smooth and left to air for ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


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  • Clos la Coutale Malbec Blend Cahors 2008

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  • Antigal Malbec Uno 2010

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  • Villa Francioni Tinto 2006

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