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Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec is most famous for its runaway success in Argentina. However, the variety actually originated in Bordeaux, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it continued to flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. A French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, brought Malbec to Argentina in 1868. But it did not gain its current reputation as the country's national grape until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century.

Tasting Notes for Malbec

Malbec is a dry, red wine that typically expresses deep flavors of blackberry, plum and licorice, backed by aromas of freshly turned earth and dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, Malbec wine will be intensely ripe, and full of fruit and spice. From its homeland in Cahors, its rusticity shines; dusty notes and a beguiling bouquet of violets balance rich, black fruit.

Perfect Food Parings for Malbec

Malbec’s rustic character begs for flavorful dishes, like spicy grilled sausages or the classic cassoulet of France’s Southwest. South American iterations are best enjoyed as they would be in Argentina: with a thick, juicy steak.

Sommelier Secrets for Malbec

If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet. With its combination of bold flavors and soft tannins, it will appeal to basically anyone who enjoys red wine. Malbec also wins bonus points for affordability, as even the most inexpensive examples are often quite good.

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  • Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Chateau Du Caillau Cahors 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Du Caillau Cahors 2018
    Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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  • Santa Julia Organic Malbec 2020  Front Label
    Santa Julia Organic Malbec 2020
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Domaine Bousquet Premium Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Bousquet Premium Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • WS90
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  • Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS93
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  • Agua de Piedra Seleccion Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Agua de Piedra Seleccion Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Agua de Piedra Gran Seleccion Malbec 2019  Front Label
      Agua de Piedra Gran Seleccion Malbec 2019
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Black Cabra Malbec 2018  Front Label
        Black Cabra Malbec 2018
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
        • JS91
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      • Santa Julia Plus Malbec 2020  Front Label
        Santa Julia Plus Malbec 2020
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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        • Bodega Chakana Estate Selection Malbec 2018  Front Label
          Bodega Chakana Estate Selection Malbec 2018
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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          • RP90
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        • Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza 2017  Front Label
          Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza 2017
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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        • RJ Vinedos Reunion Malbec 2018  Front Label
          RJ Vinedos Reunion Malbec 2018
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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          • RJ Vinedos MDZ Malbec 2019  Front Label
            RJ Vinedos MDZ Malbec 2019
            Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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            • Bodega Colome Altura Maxima Malbec 2015  Front Label
              Bodega Colome Altura Maxima Malbec 2015
              Malbec from Salta, Argentina
              • TA97
              • RP95
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