In a nutshell:

  • Fruity and smooth, not heavily oaked, with flavors of plum, blackberry and a chocolatey finish.

Where it is primarily grown:

  • Argentina
  • Cahors, France

Also Known As:

  • Cahors (in France)

Fun Facts:

  • Malbec is a highly drought-tolerant grape that loves the sun, so does very well in Argentina’s warm, dry climate
  • Argentina saved Malbec. The grape was mostly abandoned in France because it was prone to mildew in France’s cooler, wetter climate. It has thrived in Argentina where it now makes up 70% of the country’s vineyard plantings.
  • Mendoza is called “Land of mountains and Malbec”.
  • Malbec originated in France, where it was used mainly as a blending grape in Bordeaux. It is a single varietal wine in Cahors.
  • One of Malbec’s signature characteristics is its bright magenta rim in the glass and purple color.

Wine Texture:

  • Body: Full
  • Acidity: Medium
  • Alcohol: Medium
  • Tannins: Medium

Flavor and aroma profile:

  • Argentina Malbecs are fruit forward
  • Cahors Malbecs are more leathery, savory and spicy
  • Black cherry, plum, raspberry, blueberry, chocolate, coffee, leather, black pepper

You might like this grape if you like…:

  • Syrah
  • Merlot

Food Pairings:

  • Lean meats: bison, pork tenderloin, etc.
  • Blue cheese


Bodega Catena Zapata 2017 – $16

Achaval Ferrer Malbec 2017 – $20

Luca Malbec 2016 – $25