Argentina or France, as long as it’s Malbec wine
The dark Malbec grape, also known as Côt, Pressac or Medoc in its homeland, is a classic French grape variety. Its full character and intense, dark color made it a popular component of many cuvées. For harmonious cuvées, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot, for example, are combined with the powerful Malbec. Even the renowned Bordeaux wines were often enriched with Malbec to complete the smooth body. Around the small town of Cahors, high quality red wines are still produced from this grape variety. The full potential of the grape, however, unfolds in Argentina. Under the splendid conditions of the Argentinean Andes, especially in the Mendoza region, the grape variety blossoms and thrives to unprecedented heights. Today 71% of Malbec grapes are grown in Argentina and only about 20% in France. The rest is shared by the USA, South Africa and Chile.
Monsieur Malbec writes history
Between Bordeaux and Cahors, Malbec, or more appropriately Côt, is at home. This is also where the numerous synonyms for the grape developed, as each winegrower gave a name to his product. And as Monsieur Malbec set up his winery bigger and bigger, the name Malbec stuck in people's minds. Walking through the provinces between Quercy, Thomery and Cahors, one discovers the most diverse names for the popular French red wine.
However, Malbec, popular as a blend wine, suffered a drastic decline when a devastating frost wave destroyed large stocks in 1956. The vulnerability of the Malbec grape became obvious and from then on many winegrowers dedicated themselves to the cultivation of the resistant Merlot. In addition to its poor resistance to frost, mildew and rot are among the grape's weaknesses. Cultivation in France was not ideal and interest in the delicate and labor-intensive Malbec tore off.
Malbec wine made its big comeback in Argentina. The conditions were perfect and the weaknesses of the grape variety hardly played a role anymore. After a short up and down, the strong red wine became the absolute favorite of the local population. The international wine world now also took more notice. Today, the red wines from Argentina's Bodegas are among the best that can be bought on the other side of the Atlantic.
Malbec red wine with strong character
The result of the development that the grape variety has undergone is South American temperament paired with European tradition. Malbec - a dry red wine - is extremely strong in color, sometimes black-violet. It is characterized by a strong, spicy taste, with aromas of plum, blueberry, chocolate, tobacco, juniper, cherry, laurel, and sometimes truffle and wood. The wine impresses with its balanced acidity and tannin content and ends in a velvety finish. Malbec is very rich in alcohol and has a long shelf life.
Our Vinello Malbec recommendation
Kaiken Malbec 2016 - Kaiken
This Malbec red wine is the absolute classic from the Bodega Kaiken. From Aurelio Montes, a celebrated and renowned wine expert, come the wonderfully characterful and complex, deep purple wines from the Mendoza region. On the nose, Kaiken Malbec presents itself with full fruit aromas of dark berries, with spicy notes of cocoa, pepper, coffee, tobacco and vanilla. In keeping with the Montes philosophy, Kaiken Malbec wines are synonymous with elegance, character and top quality.
Barrel Selection Malbec 2016 - Bodegas Salentein
If this red wine from Mendoza were even more powerful, the bottle would burst. A typical characteristic of Argentine red wines. Its dark color reflects the full aroma of black berries, plums, vanilla and chocolate in its violet sheen. The soft and elegant red wine flatters the palate and is internationally in demand. From over 1000 meters above sea level, from the hills of Mendoza, the Barrel Selection Malbec from Bodegas Salentein comes to your home as a powerful red wine.
Malbec Pays d'OC IGP - Terroir de Collines 2013 - Fortant de France
Also in France, the flag, the original grape, is held high. From the Languedoc, in the mountainous south of the Grande Nation, comes this purple, pure variety Malbec from Fortant de France. The full and rounded body unites the manifold aromas of fruits and spices. The fresh nuances of the powerful Frenchman come from the harvest that takes place during the night hours in the vineyards of the Languedoc. An exceptionally dry representative of fresh French wines.
Q&A for the optimal wine experience
Malbec wine always tastes good - open the bottle and enjoy. But to ensure that the red wine develops its full splendor, there are a few things to consider. Here is some helpful information for your enjoyment while drinking.
What is Malbec wine?
Malbec is a dark, strong and alcohol-rich red wine. Its parents are Prunelart and Magdeleine Noire des Charentes. The main growing areas are Argentina and France. Synonyms for the Malbec are among others Côt, Cos, Co, Perigord, Medoc, Margret, Cahors, Jacobin, Moza, Pied Noir and many more.
Which food goes well with Malbec?
Traditionally, Malbec goes well with red meat. Especially grilled and baked dishes of game, beef, lamb and pork are complemented by full-bodied red wine. Mushroom, potato and stew dishes are also recommended.
How do you store a Malbec red wine?
The Malbec should be stored in a cool, dark and horizontal place. Due to its high alcohol content, it can sometimes be kept for decades.
What is the optimal drinking temperature for Malbec wine?
A heavy red wine, like the Malbec is, should be served at a temperature of 16°Celsius.
How long must a Malbec breathe?
If the wine is drunk young, it can be enjoyed immediately. If it is an older red wine, the wine should be decanted briefly, also to remove possible tartar.
How long can an open bottle of Malbec be stored?
An open bottle of Malbec can be kept closed in the refrigerator for about 3 days. To do this, you should put the cork with the red end into the bottle. With a wine pump, the wine can be stored for up to a week.
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