Malbec is a purple grape variety which tends to have an inky dark colour and robust tannins. The Malbec is one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine, although due to harsh frosts in 1956 destroying 75% of the French Malbec, it is are more often found in Cahors in South West France. 


Malbec increasingly considered to be an Argentine varietal wine and is being grown around the world. 


A popular but unconfirmed theory claims that Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who first spread the grape variety throughout France, however the French ampelographer and viticulturalist Pierre Galet notes that most evidence suggest that Cot was the variety's original name and that it probably originated in northern Burgundy.




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