Until fairly recently, Malbec had had a tough career. For most of its life, it was primarily known as a “Bordeaux variety,” and not one of the prominent ones. It got a new lease on life in Argentina and, now, is seeing a renaissance in Cahors.
To most American wine drinkers, Malbec is almost inextricably linked to Argentina—like Zinfandel with California. It’s hard not to love Argentina’s take on the dark purple wine, rich on the palate and bursting with ripe blackberries—especially if you’re a carnivore. But, as with New Zealand and Sauvignon Blanc, which we covered last time, there’s much more to Argentina’s wine story than one variety.
by Chuck Hayward
It has been widely rumored that the prices in 2005 grew so out of hand because the Asian market is buying blindly just for the name on the label. Many of the top negociants in Bordeaux (who are allocated the lion's share of the first growths) have stated that this is simply not true.