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Malbec

Originally known as Cot, this grape has taken a multitude of names, the main one being Malbec. It produces rich, full-bodied wine with great structure and depth. Once widely planted throughout France (particularly Bordeaux), this small black grape has recently lost its popularity to Merlot.

Due to issues with susceptability to frost, downy mildew and other rots, Malbec has begun to be prominent in the New World wines of South America (especially Argentina), where the climatic conditions attenuate the likelihood of afflictions of a kind harming the variety's honour in France.

Originally known as Cot, this grape has taken a multitude of names, the main one being Malbec. It produces rich, full-bodied wine with great structure and depth. Once widely planted throughout France (particularly Bordeaux), this small black grape has recently lost its popularity to Merlot.

Due to issues with susceptability to frost, downy mildew and other rots, Malbec has begun to be prominent in... read more.

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Key Regions

The Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Argentina and California.

Colour and Flavours

Typical aromas of blackberry and black cherry fruit. It can produce young wines of good value, but equally well it can make elegant and soft wines when it is allowed to mature. When young, it is very potent indeed, with powerful flavours and strong tannins. The colour remains a deep red.

Synonyms

Côt or Cot; Auxerrois (in Cahors) and Pressac (Bordeaux Right Bank name).

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  1. Gougenheim Sparkling Malbec Rosé, Mendoza

    Gouguenheim Sparkling Malbec Rosé, Mendoza 75cl

    Delicate with red fruits aromas, predominantly of cherries and strawberries. Very fresh in the mouth, soft tones with equilibrated acidity. Small and brillant bubbles.

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  2. Château Puy Blanquet, Saint-Émilion

    Château Puy Blanquet, Saint-Émilion, 2011 75cl

    This is a soft well made wine. This wine has a wonderfully fruity aroma of dried prunes and raisins, firm on the palate with a long slightly drying finish.

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  3. Château Relais de la Poste Cuveé Malbec

    Château Relais de la Poste Cuveé Malbec, Cotes de Bourg, 2012 75cl

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    This medium bodied claret shows plentiful black fruits with touches of sweet spice and black pepper. The tannins are soft and the finish has good length. A very approachable wine made in its traditional homeland.

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  4. Mythique Malbec Domaine Capelanel, Cahors

    Mythique Malbec Domaine Capelanel, Cahors, 2011 75cl

    The dark inky colour is exactly what you'd expect from the black wine of Cahors, with the dark fruits that follow living up to its reputation. Rich blackberries fill a palate that has hints of spice and liquorice also, this wine is not for the faint hearted but with a long and persistently rich finish.

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  5. Cheval des Andes, Mendoza, 2010

    Cheval des Andes, Mendoza, 2010 75cl

    Intense and deep colour hints at the richness to come, with the nose packed full of raspberry, redcurrant and blackcurrant. The nose finishes with a hint of leather and black pepper, leading nicely into a rich, complex palate that has silky tannin and a bit more spice. One of its amazing characteristics is that it retains a great freshness through to a finish that is classy and persistent.

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  6. Cheval des Andes, Mendoza, 2011

    Cheval des Andes, Mendoza, 2011 75cl

    Intense and deep colour hints at the richness to come, with the nose packed full of raspberry, redcurrant and blackcurrant. The nose finishes with a hint of leather and black pepper, leading nicely into a rich, complex palate that has silky tannin and a bit more spice. One of its amazing characteristics is that it retains a great freshness through to a finish that is classy and persistent.

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  7. Escondido Malbec, Mendoza, 2014

    Escondido Malbec, Mendoza, 2016 75cl

    Rich and strong aromas, including scents of ripe fruits, plums, black cherry, black currant, chocolates and violets.

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  8. Gouguenheim Flores Malbec, Mendoza, 2011

    Gouguenheim Flores Malbec, Mendoza, 2012 75cl

    This is what Argentinian Malbec is all about, rich and full with gentle spice and a silky smooth palate. Good fruit concentration brings bags of blackberry fruit with soft red berries coming through on the finish.

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  9. Gouguenheim Malbec, Mendoza, 2014

    Gouguenheim Malbec, Mendoza, 2015 75cl

    Rich and strong aromas, including scents of ripe fruits, plums, black cherry, black currant, chocolates and violets. Well balanced acidity and a long finish. Good structure with soft tannins.

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  10. Gouguenheim Malbec Reserve, Mendoza, 2013

    Gouguenheim Malbec Reserve, Mendoza, 2014 75cl

    Deep purple color with aromas of red fruits, chocolate and coffee beans. Red and black cherry flavors with scents of flower. Very nice fresh oak on the finish, very complex and yet balanced.

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  11. Las Pampas Malbec, Mendoza, 2015

    Las Pampas Malbec, Mendoza, 2016 75cl

    This is a delicious attractive wine. Quite full on the palate with notes of damson and plum fruits. Soft and rounded with a light toasty character. A really great value wine.

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  12. Las Pampas Shiraz Malbec, Mendoza

    Las Pampas Shiraz Malbec, Mendoza, 2016 75cl

    Medium to full bodied blend which draws rich black cherry flavours from the Malbec and spicy, peppery undertones from the Shiraz. Try with a steak or other rich red meats.

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