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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  • Chateau Lamartine Cotes de Castillon 2004


    I bought this bottle of wine for £7 from the website ... cabernet franc and 5% malbec and was aged in cement vats.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast lamb. There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and cherry style fruit with a hint of smoke or cigar box and soft but structured tannins. In short,this is a first class example of... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Bodega Norton Perdriel Malbec Perdriel Colección 2014


    Thought this would be rather dry but it wasn't too bad for a malbec. Well balanced. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Chateau Belvue Bordeaux France 'Cuvee L' Emotion' 2015


    while I am torn as to when one should use stainless steel vating V/S the Oak, ... have mattered as the cab-sab/malbec overwhelmed the merlot/cab franc Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Emiliana Malbec Natura 2017


    This was decent, reasonable drinking wine. Nothing wonderful but not bad either. Read More

    Wine review by anstett

  • Prieure de Cenac 2012


    Normally, I'm not a fan of Malbec. It's too dry. This French Malbec was a pleasant surprise. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Rodney Strong Malbec Reserve Sonoma County 2014


    Very spicy on the nose with black pepper and licorice notes. Full palate of blackberry and black currant fruit, creamy textured and broad with a smoky veneer of earthy spice, vanilla bean and toasted coffee. Thus is held up by its good structure and bold acidity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • How does an iconic Napa Valley winery celebrate seventy-five years of making ... while there met with Denis Malbec, winemaker at Château Latour, in Pauillac. They hired Malbec as a consultant, and he brought the Bordeaux blending mentality to Charles Krug. The 2003 vintage is a reflection of this philosophy, along with re-plantings. Mondavi Jr... Read More

    From the article Napa Valley History in a Glass

  • El Guardian 'Cerro Solo' Central Valle Chile 2017


    an interesting blend with two full bodied wines yet the flavor is surprisingly crisp and not heavy Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Antigal Uno Malbec 2014


    while this is a decent Malbec it is lighter and not as full bodied as Malbec's i have enjoyed previously Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • OK - I'll admit that TCA, Brett and cork taint make me curl up my face and ... ... Cabby/7% Peite Verdot/4% Malbec. Nothing high end but good enough to enjoy the Packer victory and start getting setup for the D&R nigh Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • 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...

    Comment by 1277765JenniferT 1277765 JenniferT

  • 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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