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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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  • Dona Paula Parcel Alluvia Malbec 2011 Front Label
    Dona Paula Parcel Alluvia Malbec 2011
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Cosse et Maisonneuve Les Laquets 2011 Front Label
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    Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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      Chateau Lagrezette 2011
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    • Angulo Innocenti Unisono 2011 Front Label
      Angulo Innocenti Unisono 2011
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      Mendel Unus 2011
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Pulenta Gran Malbec X 2011 Front Label
      Pulenta Gran Malbec X 2011
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      Graffito Malbec 2011
      Malbec from Argentina
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    • L10 by Valentin Bianchi Malbec 2011 Front Label
      L10 by Valentin Bianchi Malbec 2011
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      • Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec 2011 Front Label
        Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec 2011
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Chateau du Cedre Cahors Le Cedre 2011 Front Label
        Chateau du Cedre Cahors Le Cedre 2011
        Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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      • Belasco de Baquedano AR Guentota Malbec 2011 Front Label
        Belasco de Baquedano AR Guentota Malbec 2011
        Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Bodega Noemia de Patagonia Rio Negro Valley Malbec 2011 Front Label
        Bodega Noemia de Patagonia Rio Negro Valley Malbec 2011
        Malbec from Patagonia, Argentina
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      • Payana Malbec 2011 Front Label
        Payana Malbec 2011
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        • Puramun Reserve Malbec 2011 Front Label
          Puramun Reserve Malbec 2011
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          • Alamos Malbec 2011 Front Label
            Alamos Malbec 2011
            Malbec from Argentina
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            • Anko Flor de Cardon Malbec 2011 Front Label
              Anko Flor de Cardon Malbec 2011
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            • Triguedina Clos Triguedina 2011 Front Label
              Triguedina Clos Triguedina 2011
              Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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            • Natura Malbec 2011 Front Label
              Natura Malbec 2011
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              • Lamadrid Gran Reserva Malbec 2011 Front Label
                Lamadrid Gran Reserva Malbec 2011
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                • Lunta Malbec 2011 Front Label
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                • Bodega Cuarto Dominio Chento Malbec 2011 Front Label
                  Bodega Cuarto Dominio Chento Malbec 2011
                  Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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                • Viu Manent VIU 1 Malbec 2011 Front Label
                  Viu Manent VIU 1 Malbec 2011
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                • Casarena Jamilla's Vineyard Malbec 2011 Front Label
                  Casarena Jamilla's Vineyard Malbec 2011
                  Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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                • Durigutti Malbec Reserva 2011 Front Label
                  Durigutti Malbec Reserva 2011
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                • Navarro Correas Alegoria Gran Reserva Malbec 2011 Front Label
                  Navarro Correas Alegoria Gran Reserva Malbec 2011
                  Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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