There were once 50,000 hectares planted with Malbec in Argentina; now there are 25,000 hectares in Mendoza alone, in addition to production in La Rioja, Salta, Sâ¦ But todayâs Malbec (like Maradona) is a lucky survivor of Argentinaâs booms and busts â a lot of Malbec was grubbed up during the market swings and swirls. , As a varietal, Malbec creates a rather inky red (or violet), intense wine, so it is also commonly used in blends, such as with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to create the red French Bordeaux claret blend.  French ampelographer and viticulturalist Pierre Galet notes, however, that most evidence suggests that CÃ´t was the variety's original name and that it probably originated in northern Burgundy. Fresh and herb-tinged, with cherry, mountain berry, and a whiff of Chinese five-spice. , A popular but unconfirmed theory claims that Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who first spread the grape variety throughout France. Food and Wine presents a new network of food pros delivering the most cookable recipes and delicious ideas online. Since the turn of the 21st century, several wineries have been experimenting with 100% varietal Malbec as well as using the variety in Meritage blends.  Due to similarities in synonyms, Malbec is often confused with other varieties of grape. Alzar Malbec 75cl 75cl. Among the vines that Pouget brought were the very first Malbec vines to be planted in the country. By the mid to late 20th century, many acres of Malbec were uprooted and planted with different varieties. This is still remarkably youthful, and with air its full potential shines through. Look for flavors of plum, Amarena cherry, high-cacao chocolate, and a balsamic note, especially on the floral finish. Boysenberry and blackberry notes are fresh and juicy, tinged with herbs, and layered with sweet vanilla. Introduced to Argentina by French agricultural engineer Michel Pouget in 1868, Malbec is now widely planted in Argentina.  During the economic turmoil of the 20th century, some plantings of Malbec were pulled out to make way for the jug wine producing varieties of Criolla Grande and Cereza. 12. These Districts are located in the foothills of the Andes mountains between 850 and 1,520 m (2,800 and 5,000 ft) elevation. It’s all begging to be paired with grilled hamburgers, maybe topped with a few deeply caramelized onions. Here are nine bottles you should check out. Impossible - or is it? © Copyright 2020 Meredith Corporation. It was a fascinating, delicious exercise, and the result of that teeth-staining work is a collection of 25 standouts that, from just over $10 to nearly $150 a bottle, represent exactly why these wines are so exciting to explore right now. The fresh finish is exotic with incense and flowers. First planted in 1868, the growing conditions in the Mendoza plains at the foot of the Andes mountain range were perfect for growing the Malbec. Bodega Catena Zapata is one of Argentina's high altitude Malbec pioneers. In Le Midi region of the Languedoc, it is permitted (but rarely grown) in the AOC regions of CabardÃ¨s and CÃ´tes de MalepÃ¨re. Well-cut and lifted, with violets, raspberry, and a hint of pomegranate on the nose, and a palate generous and ripe with raspberry, goji berry, kirsch, chocolate, and mineral. At under $15, this is a gulpable no-brainer. Courtesy of Bodega Septima, Credit: 18. Filter.  In California, the American Viticultural Areas (AVA) with the most plantings of Malbec include Napa Valley, Alexander Valley, Paso Robles and Sonoma Valley. A bit sweeter in style than expected, but it carries that richness beautifully. This was due, in part, to its vulnerabilities to so many different vine ailments (coulure, downy mildew, frost). Whether you're drinking for Malbec World Day or just looking for a solid bottle to pair with dinner, these wines won't do you wrong. Custom-made, I think, for braised short ribs. Or two. £6 £8.50 £6.00 per 75cl. The severe 1956 frost wiped out a significant portion of Malbec vines in Bordeaux, allowing many growers a chance to start anew with different varieties. Argentinaâs most highly rated Malbec wines originate from Mendozaâs high altitude wine regions of Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. Clean, lively, and bright, with shimmering purple berry fruit, blueberry, a touch of fresh spearmint, and tobacco. Our 22 Best Crock Pot and Slow-Cooker Recipes, Familia Schroeder Saurus Select Malbec 2015 Patagonia, Decero Remolinos Vineyard Malbec 2015 Agrelo, Mendoza, Pascual Toso Alta Malbec Barrancas Vineyards 2015 Mendoza, Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2014 Mendoza, Bianchi Malbec Particular 2014 San Rafael. Well worth the money. This episode of Wine 101 is sponsored by Alamos Wines. Decero Remolinos Vineyard Malbec 2015 Agrelo, Mendoza. Mendozaâs agreeable, continental climate with hot, dry summers and cold snowy winters allows the perfect conditions for growing outstanding Malbec. In 2016 a budget-priced La Moneda Reserve Malbec from the UK supermarket chain Asda won the Platinum Best in Show prize in a blind tasting at the Decanter World Wine awards.  In Washington state it is grown predominately in the Columbia Valley and the sub-AVAs of Walla Walla Valley, Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, Wahluke Slope, Horse Heaven Hills and Yakima Valley. As usual, Susana Balbo comes through with a fairly priced winner. Grapes from this region produce softer, less tannic-driven wines than those from Cahors. Originating in Cahors in the Bordeaux region of France, malbec (also known as côt) is now the iconic grape and signature red wine of Argentina. of Malbecs in order to compile the list below. At Alamos, we craft flavorful, approachable, and authentically Argentine wines. What is Malbec Wine? Argentina has adopted Malbec as its national grape whereas the popularity and total plantings of Malbec in France has declined over the past century. As of 2003 there were over 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of Malbec in Argentina. The result of this is a stunning mosaic of Malbec options; the claim that there is a quintessential style of Argentinian Malbec is just plain wrong. Its stronghold remains Cahors where Appellation d'origine contrÃ´lÃ©e (AOC) regulations stipulates that Malbec must compose at least 70% of the blend, with Merlot and Tannat rounding out the remaining percentage.  In 1994, he was the first to plant a Malbec vineyard at almost 1500 m (5,000 feet) elevation in the Gualtallary sub-district of Tupungato, the Adrianna Vineyard. From Mendoza , the heart of Argentinaâs wine country, up north to San Juan and Salta , â¦ Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2014 Mendoza. View: On Offer. Courtesy of Bodega Luigi Bosca, Credit: There’s a minerality to the mixed berries, wild strawberry, cedar, and current, all of it resolving on a gorgeous note of violets. Traslapiedraâs 2018 Malbec is a stellar example of a no-intervention, new-wave Argentine wine that almost falls under the ânaturalâ umbrella. The most exciting region in the world for Malbec is Mendoza in Argentina. While Malbec is the name most commonly known to wine drinkers, Galet suggest that CÃ´t was most likely the grape variety's original name and the frequent appearance of Auxerrois as a synonym suggests the northern reaches of Burgundy as being the possible home of the varietal. But for all of its popularity, the range of styles in which it can be grown and produced is still stubbornly underestimated. Malbec is the dominant red varietal in Cahors where the Appellation ControlÃ©e regulations for Cahors require a minimum content of 70%. Incredibly floral aromas are paired with grilled nectarine and white peach, all of which precede fresh raspberry, cherry, and orange oil. Sixteen vineyards in California and twenty-six blocks in Mendoza were selected based on their uniformity and regional representativeness. The particular clones planted in Australia were of poor quality and highly susceptible to coulure, frost and downy mildew. Silky and lively, with flavors of black cherry liqueur, black raspberry, tobacco, and spice, all lifted by a subtle herbal hint. 85% Malbec, 10% Tannat and 5% Petit Verdot from the Finca Las Mercedes vineyard at 5,900 feet above sea level in Cafayete â Calchaqui Valley, Argentina. Savory and concentrated, with charred vanilla pod, plum sauce, cigar humidor, and minerality to spare. , The grape clusters of Argentine Malbec are different from its French relatives, having smaller berries in tighter, smaller clusters. Buy 2 for £10. Argentine Malbec has grip, depth, concentration, and an irresistibly velvety texture. 11. At one point Malbec was grown in 30 different departments of France, a legacy that is still present in the list of local synonyms for the variety, which easily surpasses 1000 names. I tasted dozens and dozens (and then dozens more!) The grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins, and are known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine. A fulll bodied wine with medium or high levels of tannin which can make some deliscious tasting wine Bianchi Malbec Particular 2014 San Rafael. Malbec, once at home in Bordeaux, is now most famous for its role in Argentina's wine industry, while Syrah is one of the key grape â¦ It gives full bodied wines with medium or high levels of tannin which can make some suitable for ageing.  The Mendoza region is the leading producer of Malbec in Argentina with plantings found throughout the country in places such as La Rioja, Salta, San Juan, Catamarca and Buenos Aires. Hard to believe this is around $10 a bottle: Rarely does a wine so inexpensive show such complexity. In very warm regions of Argentina and Australia, the acidity of the wine may be too low which can cause a wine to taste flabby and weak. Known for its plump, dark fruit flavors and smoky finish, Malbec wine offers a great alternative to higher priced Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Most distinguished and celebrated from Argentinaâs Mendoza, Malbec has seen runaway success since the early 2000s. Rich and alluring, and a great wine to transition from the steak to the cheese course.  Malbec is also grown in Washington State, the Rogue and Umpqua regions of Oregon, the Grand Valley AVA of Colorado, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, British Columbia, the Long Island AVA of New York, Oregon, southern Bolivia, Peru, northeastern Italy and recently in Texas and southern Ontario, Virginia, and in the Baja California region of Mexico. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission. Majestic Exclusive 75cl. We challenged our buyers to find a wine which was great value - and great quality. There were once 50,000 hectares planted with Malbec in Argentina; now there are 25,000 hectares in Mendoza alone, in addition to production in La Rioja, Salta, San Juan, Catamarca and Buenos Aires. Chile has about 6,000 hectares planted, France 5,300 hectares, and in the cooler regions of California just 45 hectares. The grape was born in France. Despite Cahors being hit by the same frost, which devastated the vineyards, Malbec was replanted and continued to be popular in that area.  While they lack the tannic structure of French Malbecs, being more plush in texture, Argentine Malbecs have shown aging potential similar to their French counterparts. And, of course, enjoying alongside a steak or a burger. The grape originated in southwest France (where it is known as côt) and was brought to Argentina in the 1830s. This complex red wine pairs beautifully with a wide range of cuisine and is â¦ Spice, flowers, cherry, and black raspberry aromas precede a fascinating palate marked by those same fruits and anchored by star anise, earth, and leather. Another excellent value. Notable Malbec Wine regions. 25% of the wine spends 8 months in French oak barrels and it has residual sugar of 2.95 g/L.. Malbec is the dominant red varietal in Cahors where the Appellation Controlée regulations for Cahors require a minimum content of 70%.  Today, there are several Malbecs from the region scoring over 95 points in Wine Spectator and Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate. due to their heavy use of flood irrigation, produces wines that are more simplistic and lacking in flavor. £7.25 £7.25 per 75cl. Sometimes used for red wine blends, the grapes are also used to make a luscious wine of the same name. Winemakers in the region frequently mixed Malbec with Merlot and Tannat to make dark, full-bodied wines, but have ventured into 100% Malbec varietal wines more recently. , Other regions in California with some plantings of Malbec include Livermore Valley, Atlas Peak, Carmel Valley, Los Carneros, Ramona Valley, Central Coast, Red Hills Lake County, Chalk Hill, Clear Lake, Diamond Mountain District, Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Rutherford, El Dorado, San Lucas, Santa Clara Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Lucia Highlands, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, Howell Mountain, Sierra Foothills, Knights Valley, Spring Mountain District, St. Helena, Lodi, Stags Leap District, Madera, Suisun Valley, Temecula Valley, Monterey, Mount Veeder, North Coast, Oak Knoll District, Other regions with some plantings of Malbec include north Italy, New Zealand, Brazil, South Africa, the Canadian regions of British Columbia and Ontario, Peru, Bolivia and Mexico, and Southern Indiana and Israeli wine in the Negev Teperberg 1870. Decant a bottle now, and lay down another few to continue evolving for several years. In Bordeaux, where the variety first gained attention, it was known under the synonym Pressac. So much cut and definition on the nose, with eucalyptus aromas joined by berry fruit and plum of startling freshness. Too high a yield, as was the circumstance in Argentina until recently[when?] , Argentine vintner NicolÃ¡s Catena Zapata has been widely credited for elevating the status of Argentine Malbec and the Mendoza region through serious experimentation into the effects of high altitude. Outside of Cahors, Malbec is still found in small amounts as a permitted variety in the AOCs of Bergerac, Buzet, CÃ´tes de Duras, CÃ´tes du Marmandais, Fronton and PÃ©charmant. Yorkville Highlands, Oakville, Paicines, Clements Hills, Fair Play, Willow Creek, North Yuba, and Yountville. Central Valley'de yetiÅen Åili Malbec muadilinden daha tanenli olma eÄilimindedir ve öncelikle Bordeaux tarzÄ± karÄ±ÅÄ±mlarda kullanÄ±lÄ±r.  Oz Clarke describes Cahors' Malbec as dark purple in color with aromas of damsons, tobacco, garlic, and raisin. The bottle made me seriously consider firing up the grill for a few steaks, even though it was snowing outside. Plush and silky in texture, with a brambly note to the plum and spice cake, as well as hints of clove, black cherry, and violets. Wines produced using this growing method are rich, dark, and juicy. Argentina's finest red grape by far is Malbec.  The varietal is sensitive to frost and has a propensity for shattering or coulure. From value-priced wines to bottles that are worth saving for, and from fruity, gulpable Malbecs to more structured ones that require time to come into their own, the totality of these wines is wildly exciting. As a wine that is fairly available across the country, D.O.T. No matter what your budget, they are all worth considering. , A comparative research study conducted by the Catena Institute of Wine and University of California, Davis, examined the difference between the phenolic composition of Malbec wines from California, USA, and Mendoza, Argentina. , The success of Malbec led some producers in Chile to try their hand at the varietal. Embracing the authentic character of Argentinaâs signature grapes, Alamos showcases the best of Mendoza and Salta. The $115 price tag feels just about right. It is increasingly celebrated as an Argentine varietal. Still, as elsewhere in France, Malbec is losing acreage other varietiesâmost notably Cabernet Franc in the Loire. The Malbec of the Cahors region is much more tannic with more phenolic compounds that contribute to its dark color. That same level of excitement follows through to the powerful, generous palate, which boasts raspberry, blackberry, eucalyptus, Chinese five-spice, and tapenade, all resolving with a haunting, violet-flecked finish. On the tongue, however, is where this wine really shines, its flashes of chocolate, ripe black cherry, vanilla pastry creme, and mineral lingering with balance and charm to spare. , Other AVAs in the United States producing Malbec include the New York appellations of North Fork of Long Island and Finger Lakes; the Oregon appellations of Applegate Valley, Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon, Umpqua Valley and Willamette Valley; the Idaho appellation of the Snake River Valley; the Texas appellations of Texas High Plains and Texas Hill Country; the Virginia appellations of Monticello and North Fork of Roanoke; the North Carolina appellation of the Yadkin Valley; the Michigan appellations of the Old Mission Peninsula and Leelanau Peninsula; the New Jersey appellation of the Outer Coastal Plain and the high altitude, Colorado appellation of the Grand Valley. Sappy, rich, and generous, with flowers and chocolate-covered Amarena cherries. Floral, concentrated, and savory, with a delicious gamey edge to the black cherry, mountain berries, green olive, and mineral notes. Our wines are grown in the shadow of the Andes Mountains at elevations of 3,000 to 10,000 feet, where intense sunlight, cool evening temperatures and Medium. Ripe & Bold. Premier Wine & Spirits 3900 Maple Road, Amherst, NY 14226 Call Us: 716-873-6688 Jasmine, violets, cigars, chocolate ganache, and blackberry liqueur mark the ambrosial nose of this beauty, and prime the palate for a wave of cassis, sacher torte, and cafe mocha. This suggests that the cuttings brought over by Pouget and later French immigrants were a unique clone that may have gone extinct in France due to frost and the phylloxera epidemic. In Argentina Malbec is the most important grape variety for premium red wines. Malbec is a black-skinned grape variety native to southwestern France (specifically the area around Cahors), but now better known as the iconic wine grape of Argentina.Through its success in the vineyards of Mendoza, in a few short decades Malbec has shot from relative obscurity to international fame, simultaneously bringing newfound attention and respect to Argentina as a wine-producing nation. Courtesy of Domaine Bousquet, Credit: You can expect a â¦ Courtesy of Bodega Norton, Credit: Mendoza, Argentina. The grape was rediscovered in the late 20th century as the Argentine wine industry shifted its focus to premium wine production for export. 93 Points - Wine Advocate The flagship 2006 Lindaflor Malbec is 100per varietal aged for 18 months in new French oak. The region accounts for three-quarters of the global acreage of Malbec. Malbec argentÃ© is not Malbec, but rather a variety of the southwestern French grape Abouriou. , Phenolic Composition of Malbec: A Comparative Study of Research-Scale Wines between Argentina and the United States, Pierre-Antoine Rovani's Wine Personalities of the Year, NicolÃ¡s Catena honoured as Decanter Man of the Year, "The Might of Mendoza: the romantic tale behind Argentina's booming malbec grape", This Â£4.37 Asda red wine has been named best in show by industry experts, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Malbec&oldid=995937716, All articles with vague or ambiguous time, Vague or ambiguous time from October 2019, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 23 December 2020, at 17:51. Offer price £6, was £8.50. It's a smooth, full-bodied red wine that offers great value. The country may be most famous for its Malbec (which is more or less synonymous with all Argentinian or Argentina red wine). At under $15, this is a very good deal. ABV 13%. With tarragon-flecked cherry and red raspberry aromas, and copious cherry flavors zipped up with mineral and herb, it’s an easy purchase if you see a bottle.  Introduced to Argentina by French agricultural engineer Michel Pouget in 1868, Malbec is now widely planted in Argentina. 85% Malbec and 15 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. Still, there is plenty of remarkable Argentinian or Argentina white wine to be discovered, too. There is a small amount of Malbec grown in the middle Loire Valley and permitted in the AOCs of Anjou, Coteaux du Loir, Touraine and the sparkling wine AOC of Saumur where it is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Gamay. The finish is long and gently floral. The wines tend to have juicy fruit notes with violet aromas. is a good example of an everyday malbec, with dark and intense juicy plums and cherries on the nose. We’ve assembled a list of 50 of the world’s most reliable, inexpensive wines – bottles that offer amazing quality for their price year in and year out. It’s all so fresh, your breath may smell better after drinking this—when’s the last time that happened? In France, plantations of Malbec are now found primarily in Cahors in South West France, though the grape is grown worldwide. , High-altitude Mendoza has attracted many notable foreign winemakers, such as Paul Hobbs, Michel Rolland, Herve Joyaux-Fabre, Roberto Cipresso and Alberto Antonini. Malbec (pronounced [mal.bÉk]) is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. , The French ampelographer Pierre Galet has documented over a thousand different synonyms for Malbec, stemming in part from its peak period when it was growing in 30 different departments of France. Concentrated, lively, and layered. These districts are located in the foothills of the Andes mountains between 800 m and 1500 m elevation (2,800 to 5,000 feet). After Prohibition, the grape was a minor variety until it experienced a surge of interest as a component of "Meritage" Bordeaux-style blends in the mid-1990s. Pair with grill-charred sausage and beef. Malbec is mostly produced in Argentina, however it is also known as Auxerrois, Côt Noir, or Pressac, depending on where you are in the world. So well-defined, with moderately spicy cherry conserve, floral peppercorn, and minerality. However, thereâs more to Malbec than just value. Between 1995 and 2003, plantings of Malbec in California increased from 404 hectares (1,000 acres) to more than 2,830 hectares (7000 acres). Malbec is a full-bodied and acidic, deep purple-red wine with juicy fruit flavors like plum and black cherry. Bring on the barbecue! Offer. The grape was first introduced to the region in the mid 19th century when provincial governor Domingo Faustino Sarmiento instructed the French agronomist Michel Pouget to bring grapevine cuttings from France to Argentina. B. Credit: Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. , Prior to Prohibition in the United States, Malbec was a significant variety in California used mainly for blended bulk wine production. Our flagship wine, the rich Argentinian Malbecâ¦ The rise of Malbec from Argentina has been well-documented over the last decade-plus. Some of the world's best Malbec is from Argentina. Amancaya Reserve Red Blend 2015 Mendoza, Decidedly spicy on the nose, with dark berries, black cherry, and tobacco. It is also permitted in the Vin DÃ©limitÃ© de QualitÃ© SupÃ©rieure (VDQS) of CÃ´tes du Brulhois. this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. Courtesy of MundoVino, a member of The Winebow Group, 25 Bottles of Argentine Malbec to Drink Right Now. Wine & Champagne; Red Wine; Argentina; Malbec; Back Malbec (19) 19 products. 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