World Malbec Day - 17th April
The special day to celebrate the Marvellous Malbec is April 17. This auspicious date commemorates the day when president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento of Argentina officially made it his mission to transform Argentina's wine industry. On that day, back in 1853, he tasked Michel Aimé Pouget, a French soil expert, to bring over new vines. Amongst his selection, was Malbec.
Malbec is a grape that produces red wines of dark, inky colour and rich, bold flavour. The variety originated in France. Popular folklore claims that Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who was responsible for the grape varieties spread throughout France. However Pierre Galet, a respected French ampelographer and viticulturalist suggests that Côt was the variety's original name and that it probably originated in northern Burgundy.
Malbec quickly became common as a blending grape in Bordeaux’s top 5 varieties. However, because of the grapes’ poor resistance to the weather and pests of the region, it was never regarded as a top French variety. Today the majority of France’s Malbec is found in Cahors, a small region located to the south of Bordeaux.
Malbec has found a new home in Mendoza, Argentina where today, Argentina leads production of the grape with over 75% of all the Malbec in the world planted here. You could argue that Argentina reinvigorated Malbec as one of the top noble grape varieties and now it grows in many countries and continues to grow in popularity.
1 x 2020 Rutini Trumpeter Malbec Rose
1 x 2017 Finca Flichman Paisaje de Tupungato Malbec
1 x 2017 San Felipe Roble Malbec
1 x 2018 Rutini Coleccion Malbec
1 x 2017 Perez Cruz Cot (Chilean Malbec)
1 x 2018 Finca Flichman Cabellero de la Cepa Reserva Malbec