Category Archives: malbec

Ch. de Chambert Cahors 2009

Chateau de Chambert, AOC Cahors, Lot, France, 2009 See my commentary on French vs Argentinian styles. This wine: varietal malbec, natural cork closure, Delilah Fine Foods, £20 (07/16) Consumer tasting note: a strong nose of toasty smoky black berries, spicy … Continue reading

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Flechas de los Andes Malbec 2014

Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Flechas de los Andes, Gran Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2014 This wine: varietal malbec, 14 months in new and second fill French oak, bottled unfiltered, but showing no sediment, natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, Costco £13.80 (2015) … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Malbec styles – Argentina and France

Argentina, Mendoza In Argentina, the ideal sites for malbec are in the Mendoza region, from 1000m up to 1400m; if it is grown low down, it loses acidity and become flabby. Soils are sandy and flood irrigation common, reasons for which … Continue reading

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Trapiche Malbec Uco Valley 2013

Trapiche, Pure Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina, 2013 Diam3 cork closure, un-oaked – so lacking the commonplace cedary note, 14% abv, the Co-operative, about £9 WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity purple, showing tears. Nose: clean … Continue reading

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Masi Tupungato Argentina 2011

Masi Tupungato, Passo Doble, Valle de Uco, Argentina 2011 A blend of 70% malbec and corvina, aged in French oak for 9 months, 13.5% abv, natural cork closure. Available from Oakham Wines, £13. Needs decanting for an hour. WSET style … Continue reading

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