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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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  • Bodega Tamari Reserva Malbec 2009 Front Label
    Bodega Tamari Reserva Malbec 2009
    Malbec from Argentina
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    • Catena Malbec 2009 Front Label
      Catena Malbec 2009
      Malbec from Argentina
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    • Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec 2009 Front Label
      Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec 2009
      Malbec from Argentina
      • RP90
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    • Altocedro Reserva Malbec 2009 Front Label
      Altocedro Reserva Malbec 2009
      Malbec from Argentina
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    • Belasco de Baquedano AR Guentota Malbec 2009 Front Label
      Belasco de Baquedano AR Guentota Malbec 2009
      Malbec from Argentina
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      • Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2009 Front Label
        Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2009
        Malbec from Argentina
        • RP91
        • WS90
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      • Lamadrid Malbec 2009 Front Label
        Lamadrid Malbec 2009
        Malbec from Argentina
        • RP90
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      • Finca La Martina Malbec 2009 Front Label
        Finca La Martina Malbec 2009
        Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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        • Antigal Uno Malbec 2009 Front Label
          Antigal Uno Malbec 2009
          Malbec from Argentina
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          • Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec 2009 Front Label
            Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec 2009
            Malbec from Argentina
            • RP92
            • WS91
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          • Elsa Bianchi Malbec 2009 Front Label
            Elsa Bianchi Malbec 2009
            Malbec from Argentina
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            • Verum Malbec 2009 Front Label
              Verum Malbec 2009
              Malbec from Argentina
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              • Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2009 Front Label
                Terrazas de los Andes Malbec 2009
                Malbec from Argentina
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                • Zuccardi Q Malbec 2009 Front Label
                  Zuccardi Q Malbec 2009
                  Malbec from Argentina
                  • WE91
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                • La Posta Pizzella Family Vineyard Malbec 2009 Front Label
                  La Posta Pizzella Family Vineyard Malbec 2009
                  Malbec from Argentina
                  • RP88
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                • La Posta Cocina Malbec 2009 Front Label
                  La Posta Cocina Malbec 2009
                  Malbec from Argentina
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                • Fincas Don Martino Old Vine Malbec 2009 Front Label
                  Fincas Don Martino Old Vine Malbec 2009
                  Malbec from Argentina
                  • WE91
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                • Portillo Malbec 2009 Front Label
                  Portillo Malbec 2009
                  Malbec from Argentina
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                  • The Seeker Malbec 2009 Front Label
                    The Seeker Malbec 2009
                    Malbec from Argentina
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                    • Cruz Andina Malbec 2009 Front Label
                      Cruz Andina Malbec 2009
                      Malbec from Argentina
                      • WE90
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                    • Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2009 Front Label
                      Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2009
                      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
                      • RP91
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                    • Enrique Foster Reserva Malbec 2009 Front Label
                      Enrique Foster Reserva Malbec 2009
                      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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                      • Gauchezco Oro Malbec 2009 Front Label
                        Gauchezco Oro Malbec 2009
                        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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                      • Gautoul Cahors 2009 Front Label
                        Gautoul Cahors 2009
                        Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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