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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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  • Elsa Bianchi Malbec 2005 Front Label
    Elsa Bianchi Malbec 2005
    Malbec from Argentina
      3.5 14 Ratings
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    • Trapiche Malbec Vina Francisco Olive 2005 Front Label
      Trapiche Malbec Vina Francisco Olive 2005
      Malbec from Argentina
      • RP94
      • 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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      • Susana Balbo Signature Malbec 2005 Front Label
        Susana Balbo Signature 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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          • Pircas Negras 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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              • Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2005 Front Label
                Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2005
                Malbec from Argentina
                • W&S91
                3.8 29 Ratings
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              • Zolo Malbec 2005 Front Label
                Zolo 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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                • Altos las Hormigas Malbec 2005 Front Label
                  Altos las Hormigas Malbec 2005
                  Malbec from Argentina
                  • WS86
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                • Bodegas Renacer Punto Final Malbec Classico 2005 Front Label
                  Bodegas Renacer Punto Final Malbec Classico 2005
                  Malbec from Argentina
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                  • Gautoul Cahors 2005 Front Label
                    Gautoul Cahors 2005
                    Malbec from France
                    • WE90
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                  • Luca Malbec 2005 Front Label
                    Luca Malbec 2005
                    Malbec from Argentina
                    • WS90
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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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                    • Broquel Malbec 2005 Front Label
                      Broquel Malbec 2005
                      Malbec from Argentina
                      • RP89
                      • WS88
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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
                      3.5 11 Ratings
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                    • Ricardo Santos Malbec 2005 Front Label
                      Ricardo Santos Malbec 2005
                      Malbec from Argentina
                      • WE89
                      • WS87
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                    • Dona Paula Malbec Seleccion de Bodega 2005  Front Label
                      Dona Paula Malbec Seleccion de Bodega 2005
                      Malbec from Argentina
                      • RP94
                      • W&S91
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                    • Valentin Bianchi Malbec 2005 Front Label
                      Valentin Bianchi Malbec 2005
                      Malbec from Argentina
                      • WS89
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                    • Ernesto Catena Selections Tahuan Malbec 2005 Front Label
                      Ernesto Catena Selections Tahuan Malbec 2005
                      Malbec from Argentina
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                      • Luigi Bosca Reserve Malbec 2005 Front Label
                        Luigi Bosca Reserve Malbec 2005
                        Malbec from Argentina
                        • WS91
                        • WE91
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                      • Enrique Foster Reserva Malbec 2005 Front Label
                        Enrique Foster Reserva Malbec 2005
                        Malbec from Argentina
                        • RP91
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                      • Melipal Malbec 2005 Front Label
                        Melipal Malbec 2005
                        Malbec from Argentina
                        • RP91
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                      • Zolo Reserva Malbec 2005 Front Label
                        Zolo Reserva Malbec 2005
                        Malbec from Argentina
                        • RP89
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