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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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  • Flechas De Los Andes Gran Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Flechas De Los Andes Gran Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Vin 2017  Front Label
    Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Vin 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Carmelo Patti Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Carmelo Patti Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2017  Front Label
      Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2017
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Zuccardi Jose Zuccardi Malbec 2017  Front Label
      Zuccardi Jose Zuccardi Malbec 2017
      Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Belasco de Baquedano AR Guentota Malbec 2017  Front Label
      Belasco de Baquedano AR Guentota Malbec 2017
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS91
      • WW90
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    • Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza 2017  Front Label
      Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza 2017
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • WE93
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    • La Celia Pioneer Malbec 2017  Front Label
      La Celia Pioneer Malbec 2017
      Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS90
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    • Rutini Apartado Gran Malbec 2017  Front Label
      Rutini Apartado Gran Malbec 2017
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Enrique Foster Ique Malbec 2017 Front Label
      Enrique Foster Ique Malbec 2017
      Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Crocus Le Calcifere Malbec de Cahors 2017  Front Label
        Crocus Le Calcifere Malbec de Cahors 2017
        Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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        • Bodega Atamisque Malbec 2017  Front Label
          Bodega Atamisque Malbec 2017
          Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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        • Lamadrid Single Vineyard Reserva Malbec 2017  Front Label
          Lamadrid Single Vineyard Reserva Malbec 2017
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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        • Belasco de Baquedano Swinto Old Vine Malbec 2017  Front Label
          Belasco de Baquedano Swinto Old Vine Malbec 2017
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
          • JS89
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        • Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin 2017  Front Label
          Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin 2017
          Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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          • Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita Altamira 2017  Front Label
            Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita Altamira 2017
            Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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            • JS97
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