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Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec wine 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.

Malbec Tasting Notes

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.

Malbec Food Pairing Tips

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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    • Amalaya Malbec 2016 Front Label
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      • Chateau du Cedre Cahors Cedre Heritage 2016  Front Label
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        Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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        • Natura Malbec 2016 Front Label
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            Santa Julia Organic Malbec 2016
            Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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            • Chateau du Cedre  2016  Front Label
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            • Alhambra Valle de Uco Malbec Reserva 2016 Front Label
              Alhambra Valle de Uco Malbec Reserva 2016
              Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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              • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2016  Front Label
                Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2016
                Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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              • Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita Altamira 2016  Front Label
                Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita Altamira 2016
                Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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              • Black Cabra Malbec 2016 Front Label
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                Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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