The Two Hemispheres of Malbec

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

2017 Funckenhausen, Malbec Blend  $15
65% Malbec 20% Bonarda, 15% Syrah
A juicy, intense, well balanced and vibrant wine.   *Malbec: plums and berries, soft and silky tannins, roundness – elegant!  *Bonarda: color, red fruit, structure and volume – juicy!  *Syrah: mint and spices, good acidity fresh finish – turns the blend more alive!

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
100% Malbec
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
100% Malbec
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
Malbec
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.

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