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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  • Bodega Weinert Malbec 1977


    Ever since I caught the wine bug I have been searching for a decent wine from ... ... to find a Argentine Malbec with that much age still in the market. After 31 years it still had great fruit and was well balanced. It was an absolute trea Read More

    Wine review by Robwalls

  • Bodega Renacer Malbec Punto Final Reserva 2005


    This was literally bottom of the barrel. There were large chunks of wood and lots of sediment in the bottle that totally ruined the experience. I'll pick up another bottle and try again. Read More

    Wine review by thefallingman

  • Terrazas de Los Andes Malbec Reserva 2006


    A big smooth mouthful of smokey cassis. Designed for grilled beef but lovely by itself. Read More

    Wine review by JamesR

  • Malbec Polo Amateur 2008


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    Wine review by Mosse

  • Luca Malbec 2007


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    Wine review by Reevesie

  • Pascual Toso Malbec Maipu Vineyard 2007


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    Wine review by rcscgrhpx

  • Susana Balbo Malbec 2007


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    Wine review by Alex Block

  • Tapiz Malbec 2007


    Excellent value from a region of the world I don't know much about - winewise. To me, it's a welcome shift from merlot as it is as robust but not as heavy. Read More

    Wine review by lawdidoti

  • Viña Cobos Malbec Felino 2007


    Inky purple color with violet hues around the edge. Fairly sharp gradient from edge to center. Aromoas of alcohol, black cherries and hay. Smokey dary fruits (plums and cherries) from beginning to the middle. Fruit lingers on the palatte for a few minutes afterwards. Excellently balanced. Read More

    Wine review by jkagel

  • The world of Kosher wines is no longer limited to Manischewitz. There is a great array out there coming from every wine producing region in the world. Though Israel stands in the vanguard of just the sheer number of bottles of kosher wine coming for one place, France has a very nice selection, as well as Australia, California, and even some sout... Read More

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