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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  • Columbia Crest H3 Red Blend les Chevaux 2013

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    Very good and a perfect everday wine. Aromas of violets, blackberry and spice lead to full mouthing palate. Smooth tannins, driving acidity, plenty of fruit...90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Matias Riccitelli Hey Malbec! Mendoza 2015

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    Pinched red fruit aromas with a pleasant herbal dried basil and black pepper note coming through. Concentrated mixed berry, cherry and crushed flower petal notes on the palate with dark chocolate mousse and a hint of espresso on the finish, turning floral again before trailing off towards an earthy spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Gran Reserva Merlot. Carmen 2011

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    Carmen 2011 Merlot Gran Reserva, Maipo Alta $4.99 pre-sale price, bought during the 20% sale at Grocery Outlet.This is a very nice Merlot for the price paid. Im generally not a Merlot fan, but Ive got no issues with this one, except that its not a big blockbuster and its not going to be an ager, as it has no tannins to speak of. A very smooth, e... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • Aruma Malbec 2014

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    Great wine! Read More

    Wine review by jean francois


  • The beautiful days keep coming.  Yesterday was a bit cloudy and we had ... I noticed that it was World Malbec Day (17 Apr); I just had to go down into our cellar and retrieve one of our nice examples, this 2012 Malbec from Repris.  We only had a small glass each, but it was quite good.  Perhaps one more year in the bottle would make it even be... Read More

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  • I'm usually not a big fan of malbec, a bit too astringent, but those have mainly been Argentinian.  This wine is really nice, mostly ripe plum and ripe black cherry but it needs some time as the tannins are still a bit rough and grippy. Half a bottle left so we'll see how it holds up after we get back. Read More

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  • Nice VV,How's that Malbec? Read More

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  • Had to suffer through too many mediocre wines tonight: an atrocious Nahe kerner ... a horrible throat jerking malbec following a so-so cab.The salvation, at least relatively speaking, was a merlot blend (60% merlot, 13% cab franc, 7% cab sauv, 9% malbec, 11% syrah) from Limoux (Languedoc), 2012 Baron'Arques. Well drinkable tonight, and I did ki... Read More

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  • Tikal Naturalmalbec-Syrah Mendoza 2013

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    Wine review by DTR789WSD


  • A late delivery from Fedex today:The 2013 Tikal Natural Malbec/Syrah from Argentina.2 from Chile - the Terra Noble Reserve Pinot Noir '13 and the Montes Alpha Syrah '14 (A great QPR value.)Lastly the 2014 Whitehall Lane Tre Leoni Napa Valley Red Blend. Read More

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  • I am trying to learn blind tasting. So far I'm looking to group together classic representative or varietally correct wines that have similar properties, so that I may learn how to tell the differences between them. What varietal wines do you think might present similarly to Malbec from Argentina? I'm new so Carmenere was my best guess. I'd lov...

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  • THis is the first Malbec I ever tried. I have tried others now but the Finca Los Primos Malbec is one of my favorites, not only because of the smooth taste but also the price is so fabulous that it is my staple on hand wine.

    Comment by 1029647Kimboe 1029647 Kimboe


  • Argentine Winery Tapiz is great with Malbec!

    Comment by 218530amour 218530 amour


  • justed had a taste of Malbec 2008, it paired well with our pasta dish

    Comment by 572455isomiii 572455 isomiii


  • I've just uploaded picture#4 in the 'Malbec' varietal profile. This is a Malbec grape from the 40 years-old vines in Cahors - the French Malbec!

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  • I absolutely cannot get enough of the FInca el Retiro Malbec 2004, but can't seem to find any lately. It is the best Malbec I have ever had! Simply delicious to the last drop. Ahhhh!

    Comment by 480607strofan23 480607 strofan23


  • one of the best and inexpensive Malbecs I have tried was 2006 MONTES... good quality for the price, even in Istanbul tURKEY where we pay tons of duty import and local taxes...!!!!

    Comment by 454743mesut 454743 mesut


  • Punto Final 2008. Luscious, luscious. I just love the jamminess at the front of every mouthful, the great body and the superbe finish. Then, repeat!

    Comment by 300941rosenkavalier 300941 rosenkavalier


  • Can you find Cabo De Hornos Melbec 2007 Gran Reserva?

    Comment by 91400Diane B 91400 Diane B


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