Malbec

Malbec {MAHL-bek} is a red wine grape variety, which originally comes from France. Malbec wines have great quality vs. the price that you pay; many people buy this wine as a substitute for Cabernet or Syrah, which are more expensive. The grapes have a dark purple color and high tannings. The acidity is usually Medium depending from which country and region it is produced.  Malbec was first introduced in Argentina in the 19th century, before Phylloxera attacked the European vineyards. Argentina ultimately saved Malbec, now they are the leaders in Malbec’s production, with more than 70% of the world’s production. There are other countries known for grow this popular grape, these countries are: Chile, USA, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Argentina

Famatina Valley

Pircas Negras produces a line of single varietal wines, including Malbec and Torrontes, the staples of Argentina, along side Cabernet Sauvignon and a true Barbera (many Argentinian wines labelled Barbera are actually Bonarda).

France

Bordeaux

The Côtes de Bourg is located on Bordeaux’s Right Bank where Merlot is often the dominant grape in any blend. The winery is a stone’s throw from the banks of the Gironde river, closer to Margaux on the Left Bank than St.Emillon and Pomerol on the Right. Wine making in this area dates back to Roman times and there is evidence that Caesar sent an emissary to build a fortress on the hill above the river as a military outpost. – See more at: http://www.candidwines.com/producers/france/chateau-la-grolet/#sthash.Ku8GJdc5.dpuf

The Château sits on the banks of the Gironde river in the Côtes de Blaye, some four or five miles north east of Margaux and roughly the same distance to the south west of Paulliac. Happily for us, the area was outside of the land that was deemed to produce the finest grapes at the time of the “Classification of Bordeaux” and that is key to lower land prices which in turn means lower wine prices today.

 Malbec

Color of grape red with dark purple.
Species Vitis Vinifera
Synonyms Auxerrois in Cahors
Origin France
Most common in Argentina
Phonetic pronunciation  MAHL-bek