is a black, mellow grape
variety originally grown in the Loire Valley
and Cahors. Long known as one of the six grapes used in the blending of Bordeaux
wine, it is increasingly celebrated as an Argentinean varietal wine.
in Cahors, Cot
in the Loire, the grape became less popular in Bordeaux after 1956 when frost
killed off 75% of the crop. However, Malbec continued to be popular in Cahors where was mixed with Merlot
and Tannat to make dark, full-bodied wines.
Malbec is widely planted in Argentina
producing a softer, less-tannic driven variety than the wines of Cahors. The best examples of these wines come from the Argentinean region of Mendoza.