Monthly Archives: April 2015

  • Malbec World Day

    Here are the top 3 things you need to know about Malbec!

    1 - Malbec originates from Bordeaux and South-West France but it’s in Argentina that this grape variety has gained global fame. If you are looking for a full-bodied red wine with big tannins then Malbec is for you!

    Malbec grapes in Cahors - Peter Hastings Malbec grapes in Cahors - Photo Peter Hastings

    Whilst it was first grown in South-western France, Malbec is one of those grapes that have gained global fame thanks to their New World version. Today Malbec has clearly become Argentina’s “national variety”. Grown in the high altitude vineyards of the Andean foothills, Mendoza Malbec has a plush texture and velvety tannins together with intense dark fruits and spices aromas.

    In South-western France, especially around the small town of Cahors – where Malbec was traditionally known as Côt or Auxerrois – more and more quality Malbecs are now  being produced, often in a more rustic style than in Argentina.

    Photo Tony Bailey Vineyards in Mendoza - Photo Tony Bailey

    2 -Malbec flavour profile

    • Appearance: deeply coloured wines, deep purple, sometimes almost opaque
    • Nose: blackberry, mullberry, black cherry, black plum, violet, liquorice, often with aromas from oak ageing (vanilla, toast, sweet spices, cinnamon, cloves, etc.)
    • Palate: full-bodied, often with a plush, velvety texture and big tannins

    Malbec flavour profile

    3 - Pairing Malbec with food

    Argentinian-style rib-eye steak
    Problably the most classic pairing in Argentina. Malbec - with its ripe berry aromas, mouth-filling texture and chewy tannins - is exactly what you need to match the pronounced, charred and perhaps peppery flavours of the steak.

    Roasted duck breast
    Roasted duck steak requires a big red wine. A light and delicate wine would be overwhelmed by the texture and the pronounced aromas of the duck breast. However a Malbec – with its velvety texture and high tannins – has sufficient structure to be a very good match. Why to serving it with a sweet cherry sauce that will echo the cherry and dark berries aromas in the wine?

    Traditional French Cassoulet
    Ever heard of Cassoulet? It's a traditional, slow-cooked casserole from South-West France made with duck, pork sausages and white beans. With such a rich and hearty dish, Malbec from South-West France will be a close-to-perfect match.

    Photo Stijn Nieuwendijk Rib-eye steak - Photo Stijn Nieuwendijk

    Happy Malbec Day!

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