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Staff Pick

La Rousse, Malbec - 2017

Item # 32291 750mL
$11.96/ Single Bottle
$143.52 $129.17/ Case of 12
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Grape Variety

Tasting Notes

Outstanding value Malbec from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. The wine possesses classic dark fruits and cassis, but also offers a clay minerality. Enjoy with beef stews and/or steaks.

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Staff Pick Notes

The common belief seems to be “The higher the price, the better the wine.” Now, while this is true some of the time, I don’t think it is a worthwhile mantra to use as a yardstick for quality. I recently had a chance to taste through a gauntlet of Malbecs. Some were tannic goliaths dying to be paired with a steak that was still mooing. And others were richly spiced and could perform a lovely duet with dark chocolate or a nice cigar. The “La Rousse” (the least expensive of the bunch) outperformed the lot with bright black fruit, fresh figs, and refreshing mint, while remaining lean and balanced. At last, a Malbec I can enjoy without the need for a smoking jacket or a $50 steak. It just goes to show that price doesn’t always reveal the true measure of a wine.

- SD

Astor's Glossary of Terms


Known as Côt throughout much of France, Malbec is the dark-skinned variety that put Argentinian wine on the map - and likewise, Argentinian Malbec saved the grape from near obscurity. The Cahors appellation in France still relies on Malbec to distinguish many of its wines, but the area is exceptional in this regard. As the grape can be quite difficult to cultivate, it has become far less popular...

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