Malbec is another secondary blending grape in Bordeaux, but it finds its own limelight in the Southwest of France in the region of Cahors, where it makes a dry minerally red. It also rules the roost in Argentina where it makes a dark juicy wine. Which hemisphere you prefer? Here are some of our selections.
2018 Bousquet, Malbec $10
A big wine, punchy and grapy on the nose, this bright Malbec feels edgy. Flavors of spicy black cherry and kirsch finish solidly, with a hint of chocolate flavor. Organic
13% alcohol by volume
2015 Bousquet, Malbec $20
A big bottle of big wine, punchy and grapy on the nose, this bright Malbec feels edgy. Flavors of spicy black cherry and kirsch finish solidly, with a hint of chocolate flavor. Organic 1.5 liter 13% alcohol by volume
2017 Mystic Andes, Reserva $11
Blackberry, plum, and black cherry, nuances of cocoa powder, leather and a sweet tobacco finish from the oak. 13% by volume
2018 Andeluna, 1300 Malbec $14
1300 is meters above sea level. A high altitude Malbec with lots of dark fruit and toasty nuance.
2017 Duriguti, Malbec $15
Fragrant bouquet with floral notes, sweet spices and smoke — and more black fruit (black cherry) than red fruit. This wine is intense, supple, dense and powerful.
2017 Château Eugénie, Cahors Traditional $14
A very traditional Malbec from the Southwest of France with more mineral and tannin to balance out the fruit. 12.5% alcohol by volume
2016 Château Haut-Monplaiser, Cahors Tradition $18
Tradition is made and raised primarily in concrete vats, with 30% raised in neutral barrels. Aromatically intense, with rich spicy mineral fruit, this is a long, earthy rendition of Malbec.
2018 Lafleur de Haute Sere, Cahors $18
90% Malbec, 10% Merlot
Aromas of fleshy black cherries and stables. Full-bodied on the palate with Piquillo peppers and a hint of animal spice. Young and concentrated full of ripe fruit and velvety tannins. 12.5% alcohol by volume
2016 Clos de Gamot, Cahors Malbec $25
Fruits noirs, mûres, pruneaux et mentholé, Bouche: belle fraîcheur, harmonie, équilibre et longueur en bouche. Classic.
2013 Château Eugénie, Haute Collection – Cahors $38
This is the Couture family’s top-of-the-range wine from Eugénie. It is dense and layered with wood, blackberry fruits and a complex structure of tannins, smoky flavors and acidity.