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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  • Here you guys - : 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Shiraz, 14% Petit Verdot & 9% Malbec.  According to what I read this is a reintroduction of shiraz into the blend.Their tasting notes: Intense red and black fruit with elegant notes of cinnamon spice on the nose. The palate is full bodied and savoury with a well-integrated oak component, ending with ... Read More

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  • DM - We are familiar with the Pinot Noir in Burgundy, as we visited that area ... - I've had that Alamos Malbec a few times and I have since learned to avoid it.  You see it on some restaurant wine lists.  Of the ones you have displayed, I would select the Chateau Saint Michell Read More

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  • Round 2 - 4 x AussiesExcellent Group of winesThe Cullen is from Margaret River ... Cullen is a CS 87 Merlot 11 Malbec 1 CF 1 BlendObviously too young to be at itsbest but the fruit and tannin structure delivers an outstanding young wine which will age for at least 20 years about AUD100 retailMount Mary Quintet is from Yarra Valley in Victoria ... Read More

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  • Alamos Malbec 2013

    Snoothrank:

    This was aged well and has improved dramatically since first tasting 2 yrs ago. The fruit is pronounced with blackberry, dark cherry, purple pansy, earth and mocha notes driving to lingering finish. 86 points - drink now - Paul Read More

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  • ALL PROPERLY CELLARED California CollectionSpottswoode CS, Napa 2006  ... ... $120/13,000JPYPaoletti, Malbec, Napa, 2002 $30/3,4,000JPYMargerum UBER Syrah, Santa Barbara, 2008 $60/7,000 JPYLUNA Meritage, Napa "Canto Vineyard" 2000 $60/7,000 JPYParaduxx by Duckhorn, Meritage, Napa "Mallards" $40/4,500 JPYJordan CS, Sonoma 2,000 (no label) $70/8... Read More

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  • We're having Matambre, tonight, and there is absolutely no Malbec in the house--no surprise, there. So, we're going for another Costco wine: I was eager to try a 2013 Napa Cab that came in at a pretty reasonable price (it was in the $30).  Quick report is that if there is more the next time I'm at Costco, I'll buy it, again.  I like wines that s... Read More

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  • BV Reserve "Tapestry" Red Wine 2009

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    This was superb with dark berry fruits, wood, dirt, chocolate, pepper, mint and tobacco and healthy tannins and acidity. I'd say this has 2-3 more years to go. Paul - 92 points Read More

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  • I'll 2nd that.  I too enjoy Argentinian Malbec's and the occasional Chilean ones also. Read More

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  • Welcome to the Snooth wine forum Ben.  Tell us more about your preference for Malbec.  Have you enjoyed the Malbec's from Chile and Argentina? Read More

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  • Absolutely -- I've been enjoying a Domaine Bousquet Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina recently. It's fantastic and very affordable. Has dark fruity overtones with an oak cask kick to it. Very nice, would recommend.  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.

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  • Argentine Winery Tapiz is great with Malbec!

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

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  • 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!

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  • 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?

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