Mendoza in Argentina produces the world’s best Red Wines in the World
ARGENTINA: The main fruit flavors in a glass of Argentine Malbec are blackberry, plum and black cherry. The nuanced flavors offer milk chocolate, cocoa powder, violet flowers, leather and, depending on the amount of oak aging, a sweet tobacco finish.
FRANCE: While Argentine Malbec is fruit forward, France is quite the opposite. Malbec from the Cahors region is, at first, leathery with flavors of tart currant, black plum and savory bitterness often described asgreen. French Malbecs, from the Loire and Cahors, have higher acidity which attributes to flavors described as black pepper and spice. Because of their moderate tannin and acidity with lower alcohol, French Malbec wines tend to age longer.
Malbec (sometimes called Côt and Auxxerois) is from France where it grows in the Sud-Ouest. The thick-skinned grape is a natural cross of two esoteric varieties that are from Montpellier (in Languedoc-Roussilon) and Gaillac in the Sud-Ouest. Today the majority of France’s Malbec is found in Cahors, a small town on a switchback river that gently flows towards Bordeaux.
Malbec quickly became common as a blending grape in Bordeaux’s top 5 wine grapes. However, because of the grapes’ poor resistance to weather and pests, it never surfaced as a top French variety. Instead, it found a new home in Mendoza, Argentina where a nostalgic French botanist planted it by order of the mayor in 1868.
And now an Argentine wine has been selected as the BEST RED WINE IN THE WORLD for the first time in France. The Bianchi Reserva Malbec was awarded the Grand Prix Trophee to the “Best Dry Red Wine in the World”, the most important category awarded by the Enology Union of France at the Vinalies Internationales 2014 in Paris. This wine triumphed over 3500 competitors from 41 countries. It hails from San Rafael, Mendoza. Rodrigo Valdes is their wine maker
In the past 20 editions of Vinalies Internationales, Argentina always achieved prizes, but this has been the best year yet with 4 Gold and 9 Silvers.
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