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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  • Château Cantinot Red Bordeaux Blend Premières Côtes de Blaye 2005

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    Softer on the palette than its bigger fuller-bodied sister wine Chateau ... ... fresh herbs. Ten percent of Malbec is added to the blend of 80% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Made by consulting winemaker Olivier Dauga, who was recently named Winemaker of the Year 2009 in the prestigious Gault & Millau guid Read More

    Wine review by Greg Roberts


  • Susana Balbo Malbec Crios 2007

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    This is a Malbec from Mendoza Argentina -- not France. Young and fruity. Read More

    Wine review by 130753ChduP 130753 ChduP


  • Susana Balbo Malbec Crios 2007

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  • Nieto Sentiner Malbec Reserva 2007

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    Nice bargain Malbec -- give it some time to open up. Read More

    Wine review by 130753ChduP 130753 ChduP


  • Alamos Selección Malbec Merlot 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by 130753ChduP 130753 ChduP


  • Maipe Malbec 2008

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    Beautiful purple bleeding out to a red rim in the glass the wine visually shouts "body" and it does have it. Here we get a wonderful blend of blackberries, plums, "gaminess" and hints of spice greeting the noise while it delivers black fruits, pepper, smooth tannins and a fine acidity slowly tapering off into a lovely finish. Read More

    Wine review by tmpape


  • J. Bookwalter Subplot 22 NV

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    If you like the Subplot No. 22, get ready for the release of the Subplot No. 23 in the end of April. Always an instant classic, look for a similar blend and style that never fails with this Bookwalter tradition! Read More

    Wine review by erin4


  • Nice, not too complex red for warmer weather. Goes down easy in Florida with grilled chicken. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trapiche Malbec Mendoza 2008


  • Château Pecot Cahors Tentation 2004

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    This baby needs a bit of time in the decanter, but boy does she open up nicely! ... change up from the New World Malbec Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1


  • Château de Haute-Serre Malbec Blend Cahors 2002

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    There's a lot of age on the nose. Good acids in the mouth and nice fruits (plums and bitter cherries), its a touch tart on the finish, and has a really leathery component. Not bad for the price. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


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