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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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  • Enrique Foster Reserva Malbec 2005 Front Label
    Enrique Foster Reserva Malbec 2005
    Malbec from Argentina
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    Susana Balbo Signature Malbec 2005
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    • Don Rodolfo Malbec 2005 Front Label
      Don Rodolfo Malbec 2005
      Malbec from Argentina
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    • Alamos Malbec 2005 Front Label
      Alamos Malbec 2005
      Malbec from Argentina
      • WS87
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    • Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec 2005 Front Label
      Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec 2005
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • WS93
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    • Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2005 Front Label
      Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2005
      Malbec from Argentina
      • W&S90
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    • Ricardo Santos Malbec 2005 Front Label
      Ricardo Santos Malbec 2005
      Malbec from Argentina
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    • Don Miguel Gascon Malbec 2005 Front Label
      Don Miguel Gascon Malbec 2005
      Malbec from Argentina
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      • Rutini Malbec 2005 Front Label
        Rutini Malbec 2005
        Malbec from Argentina
        • W&S91
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      • Catena Malbec 2005 Front Label
        Catena Malbec 2005
        Malbec from Argentina
        • RP91
        • WS90
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      • Catena Alta Malbec 2005 Front Label
        Catena Alta Malbec 2005
        Malbec from Argentina
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        • WE93
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      • Trapiche Malbec Vina Francisco Olive 2005 Front Label
        Trapiche Malbec Vina Francisco Olive 2005
        Malbec from Argentina
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        • WS92
        • WE91
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      • Navarro Correas Colección Privada Malbec 2005 Front Label
        Navarro Correas Colección Privada Malbec 2005
        Malbec from Argentina
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        • Alta Vista Grande Reserve Malbec Terroir Selection 2005 Front Label
          Alta Vista Grande Reserve Malbec Terroir Selection 2005
          Malbec from Argentina
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          • Elsa Bianchi Malbec 2005 Front Label
            Elsa Bianchi Malbec 2005
            Malbec from Argentina
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            • Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2005 Front Label
              Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2005
              Malbec from Argentina
              • W&S91
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            • Broquel Malbec 2005 Front Label
              Broquel Malbec 2005
              Malbec from Argentina
              • RP89
              • WS88
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            • Altos las Hormigas Malbec 2005 Front Label
              Altos las Hormigas Malbec 2005
              Malbec from Argentina
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            • Luca Malbec 2005 Front Label
              Luca Malbec 2005
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            • Gautoul Cahors 2005 Front Label
              Gautoul Cahors 2005
              Malbec from France
              • WE90
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              Zolo Malbec 2005
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              • Tierra Divina Terra Rosa Malbec 2005 Front Label
                Tierra Divina Terra Rosa Malbec 2005
                Malbec from Argentina
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                • Melipal Malbec 2005 Front Label
                  Melipal Malbec 2005
                  Malbec from Argentina
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                • Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2005 Front Label
                  Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2005
                  Malbec from Argentina
                  • RP90
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                • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec 2005 Front Label
                  Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec 2005
                  Malbec from Argentina
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