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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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    Rutini Malbec 2004
    Malbec from Argentina
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    Alamos Malbec 2004
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    • Durigutti Familia Malbec 2004 Front Label
      Durigutti Familia Malbec 2004
      Malbec from Argentina
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      Mapema Primera Zona Malbec 2004
      Malbec from Argentina
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      Alta Vista Alto 2004
      Malbec from Argentina
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    • Salentein Reserve Malbec 2004 Front Label
      Salentein Reserve 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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        • Trumpeter Malbec 2004 Front Label
          Trumpeter 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
            • W&S92
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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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          • Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2004 Front Label
            Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2004
            Malbec from Argentina
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          • Catena Malbec 2004 Front Label
            Catena Malbec 2004
            Malbec from Argentina
            • WS90
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            Malbec from Argentina
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              Ricardo Santos Malbec 2004
              Malbec from Argentina
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              • Broquel Malbec 2004 Front Label
                Broquel Malbec 2004
                Malbec from Argentina
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                • Bodegas Renacer Punto Final Malbec Reserva 2004 Front Label
                  Bodegas Renacer Punto Final Malbec Reserva 2004
                  Malbec from Argentina
                  • WE92
                  • WS91
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                • Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2004 Front Label
                  Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2004
                  Malbec from Argentina
                  • WS91
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                • Altos las Hormigas Malbec 2004 Front Label
                  Altos las Hormigas 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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                  Zolo Reserva Malbec 2004
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                  • Elsa Bianchi Malbec 2004 Front Label
                    Elsa Bianchi Malbec 2004
                    Malbec from Argentina
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                    Catena Alta Malbec 2004
                    Malbec from Argentina
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                  • Trapiche Malbec Vina Victorio Coletto 2004 Front Label
                    Trapiche Malbec Vina Victorio Coletto 2004
                    Malbec from Argentina
                    • WE93
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