A true French classic, even if one does not immediately associate Malbec with wines of France. The Oc, or ‘Pays d’Oc’ as you’ll see it on most labels, refers to the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, known by the French as ‘Le Midi’. Geographically the Oc covers an incredibly broad swathe of vineyards from the Rhône delta in the middle of southern France, arcing all the way round to the Spanish border on her Mediterranean seaboard.Read More
One of the great advantages of the region is the fact that it benefits from enviable geographic and climatic conditions. These ideal conditions allow for the longer, slower ripening of the grapes, thereby providing a superb base for wines that offer intensity, complexity and finesse.
I’ve included two Malbecs because I thought it would be really interesting to compare the same grape variety grown in different countries. All the more interesting because the majority of Malbecs available in this country don’t come from either of them. I’m not going to say too much here because I want you to come to your own conclusions, but it’s worth trying them side by side to see if you can find similarities and try and explain why you think this might be. I think this really drives home the point that I’m trying to make in the feature article about the importance of geography .