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Snooth User: Tyler Worth

Malbec Week

Posted by Tyler Worth, Aug 10, 2010.

Hey all. This week is all about Malbec on my website ( Today I did an Old World / New World comparison, tomorrow will feature Temecula Malbec, and I've got some great numbers from Argentina coming up during the rest of the week.

Let's chat about Malbec. Stories, good experiences, bad experiences, favorite producers, style preferences (Cahors vs. Argentina for example), how often you drink it, anything that comes to mind at all. I just want to get people talking about this grape. So let's do it.

If you'd like to check out my article, here's the link:



Reply by dmcker, Aug 10, 2010.

Here's a fairly recent thread on French malbec, that will definitely reward reading all the way through:

Cahors Malbec

You'll be able to see as you progress through it that I tend to be more a fan of the French versions than the Argentine, though there are a few exceptions down south...

Reply by Tyler Worth, Aug 10, 2010.

I personally can't seem to pick a favorite. Every time I say Argentina can't be beat when it comes to price to quality ratio, something from Cahors will come along that changes my mind. Both regions have some excellent, frequently very undervalued wines, but the styles are so different, it's almost hard to compare them. You've just got to love Malbec, where ever it comes from.

Reply by Carly Wray, Aug 10, 2010.

Love Malbec from both places. Definitely check out the thread Dmcker has linked above, it has some terrific insight from one of my favorite winemakers in Cahors.

Reply by dmcker, Aug 10, 2010.

I tend to find French malbecs more complexly interesting, though there's a lot more Argentine available in markets at a lower price point. Even run into the Argentine more than the French at funky restaurants in rock climbing spots along Halong Bay in northern Vietnam, which is interesting, considering the history....

Reply by hugh27, Aug 10, 2010.

While both Cahors and Argentina are the classic Malbec contenders I wager very few have tried the Chile Malbec (Valdivieso Single Vineyard Malbec) If this does not shame 95% of Argentina my taste buds are fried- and also look to some of the Bordeaux Blaye- Bourg producers who are now doing outstanding Malbecs


Reply by Tyler Worth, Aug 10, 2010.

Nice comments so far guys, let's keep this going.

Hugh, I've never tried a Chilean Malbec (at least that I can remember), but that's why I started this thread. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for it from now on. Great recommendation.

Reply by Drunk as a Skunk, Aug 11, 2010.

Ricardo Santos 2006,  Argentina.


Reply by Philippe Lejeune, Aug 27, 2010.

Hi All,

I once tried a Malbec from Chili I much enjoyed. Unfortunately I don't remember the name...all I remember is that part of the vines were in sandy soil. The Malbec had unusual citrus flavours; very unexpected for Malbec! All this to say: stay open-minded and keep trying wines, and before giving final comments about a winery always (when possible) taste different vintages to really assess your judgement!

Cheers all!

Reply by duncan 906, Aug 30, 2010.

I am a great lover of Cahors.It is possible to obtain a bottle for under 3 Euros in a Calais supermarket so it is definitly not an expensive appellation although that would be a simple negociant version.The best one I have had is Chateau Haut-Monplaisir which cost me £7  in the UK from Leon Stolarski Wines.Most Cahors is not straight Malbec but is blended with 10 or 20% Merlot.

Reply by Gaibug, Aug 30, 2010.

Hugh, I too have tried many a Chilean Malbec, including the Valdivieso you mentioned. I agree, I'm loving the Chilean! For some reason, my local wine shop has a lot of Chilean inventory at a great price, so I've really gotten to enjoy them.

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