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Malbec

Malbec is a dark-skinned grape variety. Originating from France, this grape has found a home in Argentina’s Mendoza Province, where it enjoys the dry climate and well drained soils. With its vibrant red colour, juicy aromas and flavours, Malbec is adored across the globe.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Malbec grapes produce wines that are deep purple-red in colour. On the nose, they give off intense aromas of ripe fruit, such as blackberry, black cherry, and plum. These intense aromas carry over to the palate, where they are joined by flavours of coffee, chocolate, licorice, and tobacco.

Fresh Malbec grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Malbec is most famously grown in Argentina’s Mendoza Province. Here, the dry climate and soil make the perfect conditions for Malbec’s thick skins, which protect the grapes from the sun’s harsh rays and enable them to ripen to perfection. In France, Malbec is grown in the Loire Valley, where it is known as Cot, as well in the western part of the country. It is also grown in several other countries around the world, including Australia, Chile, and the United States. Malbec is a relatively easy grape to grow, and it is often blended with other varieties in order to produce full-bodied wines. In Argentina, it is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah, while in France, it is blended with Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Malbec wines require a long aging period in order to develop their full flavours. In Argentina, winemakers often blend Malbec with other grapes or produce single varietal wines. The tannins are usually firm and the finish is long. In France, Malbec is often a bit more rustic compared with Argentinian Malbecs. Malbec pairs well with a variety of foods. Its bold flavours make it an ideal match for grilled meats, such as steak and ribs, and its soft tannins make it a great match for tomato-based dishes. It also goes well with cheese, chocolate, and nuts.

Foods to pair with Malbec:

Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Light meat
Fun Fact about Malbec
Malbec was almost wiped out in France after being ravaged by the phylloxera epidemic in the late 19th century. It was saved from extinction by the Argentinian winemakers who began growing it in the Mendoza Province.

Top Wines with Malbec

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Catena Malbec

Catena

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4.0
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4.3
This Catena Malbec is a deep, full-bodied red wine from Argentina. It has an intense bouquet of ripe black fruit and spices, with a hint of vanilla and cedar. On the palate, it is juicy and full-bodied, with soft tannins and a long, lingering finish. The wine is well balanced, with a good acidity and a pleasant, savory finish. Enjoy it with grilled meats, stews, or bold cheeses.
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Alamos Malbec

Alamos

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3.8
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4.5
Alamos Malbec is a full-bodied, robust red wine from the Mendoza region of Argentina. The wine presents aromas of ripe red fruits, spices and a hint of oak. On the palate, the wine is smooth and well-balanced, with flavors of dark cherry, plum, and a touch of pepper. The finish is long and spicy, with a pleasing lingering taste of dark berries. Alamos Malbec is an excellent choice for pairing with grilled meats and hearty pastas.
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Pork
Cheese
Fruit
Beef
Vegetable
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$11.99
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Trivento Reserve Malbec

Trivento

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3.7
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4.5
Trivento Reserve Malbec is a bold and structured red wine from Argentina. This full-bodied wine yields aromas of ripe plum and blackberry, coupled with subtle notes of spice and cedar. On the palate, it is well-balanced and full-bodied, with a lingering finish of dark chocolate. The perfect accompaniment to grilled meats, this powerful wine is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
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Beef
Chocolate Dessert
Dessert
Cheese
Vegetable
Pork
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Opus One Overture

Opus One

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4.5
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4.3
Opus One Overture is a highly sought-after wine that showcases the expertise of its renowned producer. Crafted in a prestigious appellation, this wine is made from grapes sourced from exceptional vineyards. The vineyard features include carefully selected plots with ideal soil composition and microclimates, ensuring the highest quality fruit. The winemaking process involves meticulous attention to detail, with a focus on traditional techniques and modern innovation. The result is a wine that exudes elegance and complexity, with a harmonious balance of flavors and aromas. Opus One Overture is known for its refined style, making it a favorite among wine enthusiasts seeking a truly exceptional experience.
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Beef
Steak
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$119.99
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Luigi Bosca Malbec

Luigi Bosca

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4.5
The Luigi Bosca Malbec is a bold, full-bodied red wine from the beautiful Mendoza region of Argentina. It has an intense ruby-purple color and aromas of ripe blackberry, dark cherry, and spice. On the palate, the wine is well balanced with rich flavors of blackberry, blueberry, and hints of dark chocolate and vanilla. The tannins are soft, yet present, and the finish is long and pleasing. This is a great choice for pairing with bold, flavorful dishes like grilled steak or mushrooms.
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