- Mar 23, 2023
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Magnificent Malbec: A Journey Through History and Flavour
Malbec is a red grape variety that is native to southwestern France, particularly the Bordeaux region. It has a long history that spans centuries and continents, making it one of the most beloved and widely consumed wine varietals in the world.
The origins of Malbec can be traced back to the Roman Empire, when it was known as "Cot." However, it was not until the 19th century that Malbec became popular in its current form. At this time, it was widely planted in the Cahors region of France and was also introduced to Argentina, where it thrived and eventually became the national grape variety.
Today, Argentina is the largest producer of Malbec in the world, accounting for approximately 75% of global production. The Mendoza region of Argentina is known for producing high-quality Malbec wines that are full-bodied and rich in flavour. Other regions that produce significant amounts of Malbec include Chile, the United States, France, and Australia.
Malbec is often described as having a deep purple colour and flavours of blackberry, plum, and chocolate. It is a full-bodied wine with a medium to high tannin content, which gives it a smooth, velvety texture. Malbec is a versatile wine that can be paired with a wide range of foods, including red meats, hearty stews, and spicy dishes.
In recent years, Malbec has seen a surge in popularity, particularly in the United States and other English-speaking countries. This can be attributed in part to the rise of wine culture and the increasing availability of affordable Malbec wines. In addition, Malbec has been embraced by younger generations of wine drinkers who are looking for something bold and flavourful. Overall, Malbec is a wine with a rich history and a bright future. Its unique flavour profile and versatility make it a favourite among wine lovers around the world, and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Here are our favourite Malbec's:
With deep violent tones and gentle aromas of ripple plums and cherries, this young red wine is a superb entry into the world of Argentine Malbec. The plum and cherries are met on the palate with elegant touches of vanilla, a medium body and soft tannins for a smooth finish.
Sometimes we wish we had more than words with which to convey our wines to you. If we could, we'd take you into a saddlery, clad you in the softest purple velvet and then crush some freshly-picked red cherries, blackberries in a pestle and mortar, add a twist of schezuan pepper and present it to you, saying "this. This is what you are buying if you buy this wine." We have to sadly accept the reality that we can't do that, but we hope you get the picture.
The Brand Malbec 2017 – MAGNUM
We maintain all of this is unnecessary, the best way to show your love for Malbec is to buy yourself a bottle of this fresh and fruity red with notes plums, blackberries and a touch of vanilla from gentle oak ageing, that happens to be twice the size of a regular bottle. That is true commitment.
Malma Esencia Malbec is a ruby red wine crafted to showcase all the fruitiness a Malbec can deliver. Plum, red fruits and subtle floral aromas on the nose along with mineral notes. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied with soft, round tannins and a light finish.
Malbec is full of pleasant surprises and offers an impressive range of styles and flavour profiles. Malbec is a true reflection of the global wine-making heritage and offers a unique taste experience that you don't want to miss. The Oddbins red wine range is certain to serve up something to complement your choices perfectly. Not sure which would best suit your palate or meal? Want to know the best Malbec to give as a gift? Contact our helpful team for advice via Live Chat, e-mail or by calling 0800 328 23 23 for all the help you need.