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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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  • Ricardo Santos Malbec 2005 Front Label
    Ricardo Santos Malbec 2005
    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Trapiche Malbec Vina Francisco Olive 2005 Front Label
    Trapiche Malbec Vina Francisco Olive 2005
    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Alamos Malbec 2005 Front Label
    Alamos Malbec 2005
    Malbec from Argentina
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    Malbec from Argentina
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    Luca Malbec 2005
    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Broquel Malbec 2005 Front Label
    Broquel Malbec 2005
    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec 2005 Front Label
    Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec 2005
    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Valentin Bianchi Malbec 2005 Front Label
    Valentin Bianchi Malbec 2005
    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Nieto Senetiner Cadus Malbec 2005 Front Label
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    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Catena Malbec 2005 Front Label
    Catena Malbec 2005
    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Luigi Bosca Reserve Malbec 2005 Front Label
    Luigi Bosca Reserve Malbec 2005
    Malbec from Argentina
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    Alta Vista Alto 2005
    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Francois Pelissie Croix du Mayne Cahors 2005 Front Label
    Francois Pelissie Croix du Mayne Cahors 2005
    Malbec from France
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  • Catena Alta Malbec 2005 Front Label
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    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec 2005 Front Label
    Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec 2005
    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Luca Nico Malbec 2005 Front Label
    Luca Nico Malbec 2005
    Malbec from Argentina
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    Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard Malbec 2005
    Malbec from Argentina
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  • Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec 2005 Front Label
    Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec 2005
    Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
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