Argentina is home to nearly 70% of the Malbec vineyards of the world. In sunny Mendoza, Malbec grapes makes rich, robust wines with plush purple fruit and delicate floral notes that are absolutely spot-on with sizzling steak fajitas or crispy blackened fish. These beloved fruit-forward reds are full-bodied and a bit smoky and make excellent alternatives to Cabs and Syrahs.
Though It may be famously Argentine, Malbec actually has a French background. For centuries, Malbec played a supporting role in red Bordeaux blends. And today, Malbec mostly does well in the Cahors appellation where it is known as Côt. While Argentine Malbec is fruit-forward, French Malbec is leaner and more savory. Malbec from the Cahors region is tart-fruited and often there’s a noticeable black pepper spice.
Regardless of its origin, you’ll find all Malbecs rich in tannins yet immensely crowd-pleasing in any and all drinking circles. We have our favorite French versions but also boast a phenomenal selection from Argentina as well.