Malbrontes Pays d’Oc Malbec 2012

Malbrontes, Le Malbec, IGP Pays d’Oc, France, 2012

How does French malbec compare with Argentinian?

France: structured wines with good acidity and medium (+) grippy tannins; in youth black fruit with a savoury note – redcurrant, black cherry, black berry, bilberry; and with age ripe plum and prune, cedar, liquorice, clove and smoke ..

Argentina: fruit forward, with a similar flavour profile, balanced acidity but less firmly structured, smooth texture, historically more alcohol – but this is changing.

This wine: Screw cap closure, 13% abv, Weavers £9

WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity purple, showing tears.

Nose: clean on the nose, of pronounced intensity, youthful, with aromas of slightly high-toned ripe black cherry, stewed black berry, a little savoury.

Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, medium (+) smooth yet grippy tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium (+) body, a smooth texture, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of black berry, bilberry and a savoury note.  A medium length, with a clean modestly grippy bright black berried finish.

Quality: a good quality wine, simple yet well-made, balanced with a good acid and tannin structure supporting the fruit intensity. A warm nose, easy to drink, a bit short on the length, but with a fruity balanced finish.  This wine is ready to drink now, will keep for a year or so, but not improve with further cellaring.

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