10 tips about Argentine Malbec

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A full-bodied wine with dark fruit flavours of blackberry and plum, together with spicy notes. Tannins are medium to high while the acidity is low.

1. Malbec is a red grape that originally come from southwest France.

2. It’s also called Auxerrois, Cot and Malbeck.

3. It was once popular in Bordeaux and is still the main grape in Cahors – an appellation near to Bordeaux.

4. Cahors AC wine must be made of at least 70% Malbec.

5. Mendoza in Argentina is the world HQ for Malbec today where it is the most planted grape.

6. Malbec declined massively in France after frost affected it badly in 1956.

7. It has grown again this century in France from 3,560 hectares to 6,208 hectares, mostly around Cahors.

8. It’s also grown in Australia, California and Chile with minor amounts in other countries, such as New Zealand but no of these areas can produce the quality and quantities that Argentina does.

9. Traditionally Malbec has been used to blend with Merlot, Cabernets Franc, and Sauvignon but most Argentine Malbec is a 100% varietal wine (made from one grape).

10. Malbec can make a deeply coloured red wine with firm but smooth tannins and spicy dark fruit flavours.

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