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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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  • Don Miguel Gascon Malbec 2004 Front Label
    Don Miguel Gascon Malbec 2004
    Malbec from Argentina
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    Alamos Malbec 2004
    Malbec from Argentina
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    • Nandu Malbec 2004 Front Label
      Nandu Malbec 2004
      Malbec from Argentina
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      • Domaine Jean Bousquet Malbec 2004 Front Label
        Domaine Jean Bousquet Malbec 2004
        Malbec from Argentina
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          Malbec from Chile
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            Malbec from Argentina
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            • Felipe Rutini Malbec 2004 Front Label
              Rutini Malbec 2004
              Malbec from Argentina
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            • Navarro Correas Alegoria Gran Reserva Malbec 2004 Front Label
              Navarro Correas Alegoria Gran Reserva Malbec 2004
              Malbec from Argentina
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            • Trumpeter Malbec 2004 Front Label
              Trumpeter Malbec 2004
              Malbec from Argentina
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              • Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2004 Front Label
                Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2004
                Malbec from Argentina
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                Malbec from Argentina
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                  Malbec from Argentina
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                  • Salentein Reserve Malbec 2004 Front Label
                    Salentein Reserve Malbec 2004
                    Malbec from Argentina
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                  • Trapiche Estate Malbec 2004
                    Malbec from Argentina
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                    • Ricardo Santos Malbec 2004 Front Label
                      Ricardo Santos Malbec 2004
                      Malbec from Argentina
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                      • Catena Malbec 2004 Front Label
                        Catena Malbec 2004
                        Malbec from Argentina
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                      • Altos las Hormigas Malbec 2004 Front Label
                        Altos las Hormigas Malbec 2004
                        Malbec from Argentina
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                      • Broquel Malbec 2004 Front Label
                        Broquel Malbec 2004
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                        • Durigutti Familia Malbec 2004 Front Label
                          Durigutti Familia Malbec 2004
                          Malbec from Argentina
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                        • Valentin Bianchi Malbec 2004 Front Label
                          Valentin Bianchi Malbec 2004
                          Malbec from Argentina
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                        • Tierra Divina Terra Rosa Malbec 2004 Front Label
                          Tierra Divina Terra Rosa Malbec 2004
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                          • Mapema Primera Zona Malbec 2004 Front Label
                            Mapema Primera Zona Malbec 2004
                            Malbec from Argentina
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                          • Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2004 Front Label
                            Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2004
                            Malbec from Argentina
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                          • Luigi Bosca Reserve Malbec 2004 Front Label
                            Luigi Bosca Reserve Malbec 2004
                            Malbec from Argentina
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                          • Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2004 Front Label
                            Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2004
                            Malbec from Argentina
                            • WS91
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