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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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    Vinaceous Voodoo Moon Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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    Malbec from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Bianchi Particular Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Verum Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Patagonia, Argentina
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    Antigal Uno Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Santa Julia Reserva Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Luca Old Vine Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Luca Old Vine Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2017 Front Label
    Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    Zuccardi Q Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Domaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec 2017 Front Label
    Domaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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    La Posta Fazzio Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Angulo Innocenti Nonni Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Angulo Innocenti Nonni Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • MAAL Imposible Malbec 2017  Front Label
    MAAL Imposible Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Argentina
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    • WE90
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  • Altocedro Ano Cero Malbec 2017 Front Label
    Altocedro Ano Cero Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Vina Cobos Felino Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Vina Cobos Felino Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Savage Grace Wines Dineen Vineyard Cot 2017
    Malbec from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE91
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  • Terrazas de los Andes Grand Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Terrazas de los Andes Grand Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Chateau de Gaudou Renaissance 2017  Front Label
    Chateau de Gaudou Renaissance 2017
    Malbec from Cahors, Southwest, France
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  • Bodega Chakana Estate Selection Malbec 2017  Front Label
    Bodega Chakana Estate Selection Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Mendel Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Alta Vista Estate Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Wapisa Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Patagonia, Argentina
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    Bodega Colome Estate Malbec 2017
    Malbec from Salta, Argentina
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