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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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  • Domaine Bousquet Premium Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Bousquet Premium Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Domaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec 2019
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    Melipal Malbec 2007
    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    Bodega Noemia de Patagonia Rio Negro Valley Malbec 2013
    Malbec from Patagonia, Argentina
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  • Chateau du Cedre Cahors Le Cedre 2011 Front Label
    Chateau du Cedre Cahors Le Cedre 2011
    Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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    Malbec from Patagonia, Argentina
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    Bodega Noemia de Patagonia Rio Negro Valley Malbec 2016
    Malbec from Patagonia, Argentina
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    Bodega Noemia de Patagonia Rio Negro Valley Malbec 2015
    Malbec from Patagonia, Argentina
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    • WS93
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  • Bodega Colome Autentico Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Bodega Colome Autentico Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Salta, Argentina
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  • Bodega Colome Reserva Malbec 2009 Front Label
    Bodega Colome Reserva Malbec 2009
    Malbec from Salta, Argentina
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    Bodega Noemia de Patagonia J. Alberto Malbec 2010
    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2014  Front Label
    Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS98
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  • Bodega Colome Estate Malbec 2006 Front Label
    Bodega Colome Estate Malbec 2006
    Malbec from Argentina
    • WS92
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  • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2015  Front Label
    Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2015
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    Bodega Noemia de Patagonia Rio Negro Valley Malbec 2010
    Malbec from Patagonia, Argentina
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  • Bodega Colome Estate Malbec 2009 Front Label
    Bodega Colome Estate Malbec 2009
    Malbec from Argentina
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    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Amalaya Malbec Blend 2009 Front Label
    Amalaya Malbec Blend 2009
    Malbec from Argentina
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    Bodega Noemia de Patagonia Rio Negro Valley Malbec 2007
    Malbec from Argentina
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    Bodega Noemia de Patagonia Rio Negro Valley Malbec 2012
    Malbec from Patagonia, Argentina
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    Bodega Noemia de Patagonia Rio Negro Valley Malbec 2006
    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Bodega Colome Altura Maxima Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Bodega Colome Altura Maxima Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Salta, Argentina
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  • Famiglia Bianchi Organic Malbec 2014 Front Label
    Famiglia Bianchi Organic Malbec 2014
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • WS90
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    Melipal Malbec 2009
    Malbec from Argentina
    • WS87
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