From relative obscurity to world famous by way of Argentina, Malbec is the ultimate crowd-pleaser.
What is it famous for?
Malbec, best known as part of the Bordeaux blend, fell out of favour in this French region. However, it became the go-to red grape in Argentina in the 1980s and its popularity has steadily increased: it's a real crowd-pleaser.
It became the go-to red grape in Argentina in the 1980s and its popularity has steadily increased.
Where does it grow?
It grows particularly well in Argentina (accounting for about 75% of the world’s Malbec plantings) because of the country's high altitude vineyards.
Here, big swings between day and night temperatures, usually result in good quality wine. It's also the key grape of the Cahors region of France, producing wines which tend to taste much better when they are a few years older.
It is also the key grape of the Cahors region of France.
What does it taste like?
Deeply coloured, usually full-bodied, with plum and cherry flavours.
Tastes great with:
Slabs of BBQ steak and beef-filled empanadas – do as the Argentines do!
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