The Malbec comes from south-west France, where it still plays the leading role in Cahors, where it is also known under the name Côt. It also plays a role as a cuvée partner in red Bordeaux. In terms of quantity, however, France is no longer in first place for this high-quality red wine variety. The main cultivation country is now Argentina, where the Malbec has become the identity-establishing variety. It is also becoming increasingly popular in Chile and now has a similar area under vines as in its country of origin
The Malbec is a colour-intensive and powerful variety, with aromas such as blueberries, plums and tobacco being typical. The tannin structure is rather robust, only when the berries are perfectly ripe it sheds its hard side and even reveal elegance. Malbec wines have long aging potential.