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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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  • Catena Appellation Paraje Altamira Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Catena Appellation Paraje Altamira Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Catena Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Altos las Hormigas Reserva Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Altos las Hormigas Reserva Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Catena Appellation La Consulta Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Catena Appellation La Consulta Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Trapiche Broquel Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Trapiche Broquel Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
    • JS92
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  • Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2018  Front Label
    Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2018
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2018  Front Label
      Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2018
      Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Zuccardi Amphora Malbec 2018  Front Label
      Zuccardi Amphora Malbec 2018
      Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Altos las Hormigas Clasico Malbec 2018  Front Label
      Altos las Hormigas Clasico Malbec 2018
      Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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      • RP91
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    • Belasco de Baquedano Llama Malbec 2018  Front Label
      Belasco de Baquedano Llama Malbec 2018
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS91
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    • Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Malbec 2018  Front Label
      Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Malbec 2018
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS93
      • RP90
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    • Vina Cobos Bramare Lujan de Cuyo Malbec 2018  Front Label
      Vina Cobos Bramare Lujan de Cuyo Malbec 2018
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Luigi Bosca Malbec 2018  Front Label
        Luigi Bosca Malbec 2018
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
        • JS92
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      • Lamadrid Malbec 2018  Front Label
        Lamadrid Malbec 2018
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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        • Altocedro Ano Cero Malbec 2018  Front Label
          Altocedro Ano Cero Malbec 2018
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
          • RP91
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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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        • Pulenta Estate Malbec 2018  Front Label
          Pulenta Estate Malbec 2018
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
          • RP91
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        • Mosquita Muerta Perro Callejero Malbec 2018  Front Label
          Mosquita Muerta Perro Callejero Malbec 2018
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
          • RP91
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        • Chateau Haut-Monplaisir Cahors Tradition 2018  Front Label
          Chateau Haut-Monplaisir Cahors Tradition 2018
          Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
          • WE92
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        • Catena Appellation Lunlunta Malbec 2018  Front Label
          Catena Appellation Lunlunta Malbec 2018
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
          • JS94
          • RP93
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        • Chateau Du Caillau Cahors 2018  Front Label
          Chateau Du Caillau Cahors 2018
          Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
          • JS90
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        • Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2018  Front Label
          Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2018
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
          • JS93
          • D91
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        • Alamos Malbec Mendoza Seleccion 2018  Front Label
          Alamos Malbec Mendoza Seleccion 2018
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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          • Antucura Malbec 2018  Front Label
            Antucura Malbec 2018
            Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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