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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  • Calcu Colchagua Valley Chile Malbec 'Resrva Especial' 2017


    Bold, Heavy and Flavorful as a Malbec should be. This will prove to be even better as it ages in a cellar. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Comte de Mosbourg Cahors 1998


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website for £11. ... ... made of a minimum of 70% malbec [known as cot or auxerois in these parts] from 7 communes around the town of Cahors in the valley of the river Lot about 100 miles east of Bordeaux.My bottle comes from the Cotes D'Olt coperative group.This cuvee is named in hono... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Conquista de Argentina Malbec 2018


    Ruby coloration and relatively clear in nature, this also shows rusty hues around the rim. The aroma is very juicy and fruit forward, showing off grapes and nothing much smells semi-sweet...interesting. The flavors are berry intense showcasing tart cherry, grape, blackberry and perhaps some blueberry, muted spices, chocolate covered... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Gaucho Andino 'Winemaker Selection' Mendoza Argentina Malbec 2017


    There is something just not right about this wine, lack of time in the oak? ... ... dry year? Just not the Malbec i have come accustomed t Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Black's Station Red Blend Yolo County 2016


    Cork in Cap 04/2020. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Mon Cot'O Touraine Amboise Domaine Mesliand 2015


    I bought this bottle of wine for 8 euros from a shop in Amboise when I visited ... the Loire river. It is 100% malbec and it spent time in oak barrels. I started the bottle last night with my supper of pork chop in mushroom sauce.This is a very dark coloured and full bodied wine.There is a fairly intense cherry and bramble style fruit with som... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Mendel Malbec Mendoza Argentina 2015


    A very strong and centered Malbec and it is obvious that it spends time in the oak although it lacks something that I cannot quite tell. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Benmarco Expresivo 2016


    The BenMarco (Dominio de la Plata, S. A.) Expresivo Malbec blend is my first. The wine is inky-black in the glass - completely opaque, with a very inviting, rich scent of plums and sweet cherry and a hint of spice (light oak). Damson plum and cherry overlain with vanilla and soft wood greet the palate on entry; the wine is slightly acidic, ele... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Extra Libre Cahors Malbec Chateau du Cedre 2018


    Wine Enthusiast pretty much nailed it here: this youthful, modern expression of Malbec (with 5% Merlot) shows purple to dark raspberry colour in the glass, with a heady aroma of plum and (your guessed it) raspberry. Entry is extra plummy with very light tannins, a noticeable, ripe fruit and bracing acidity. Finish is short to moderate and this... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • La Puerta Alta Famatina Valley Argentina Red Blend 2016


    the blend of Cab-Saub/Malbec is superb which each variety complimenting the other. I'm chasing some more bottles before they get away so as to chill in my cellar. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • 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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