Malbec Malbec originates from the Médoc and is still used in red wines made here. However its susceptibility to disease has seen its popularity dwindle since its 19th century heyday. Further south in Cahors, Malbec is still the main variety. Today, however, it has become the main red grape of Argentina, where it expresses a vivid blackberry fruitiness and a silky firmness not often achieved in France. Malbec is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot in the Médoc and with Tannat and Merlot in Cahors. In Argentina Malbec excels in its own right and often benefits from oak ageing. Signature Style Inky black in colour with notes of blackberries and chocolate. Famous Examples Fabre Montmayou, Andean Vineyards, Cheval des Andes Principal regions Mendoza, Patagonia, Cahors, Bordeaux Synonyms Cot, Auxerrois, Pressac Did you know? At one point, Malbec was more common in the Médoc than Cabernet Sauvignon. The fact that many of the great clarets of the 19th century lasted decades into the 20th is evidence of Malbec's quality potential. Malbec was originally brought to France by a Hungarian peasant. If you like Malbec, you might also like: Carmenère from neighbouring Chile, Good Cru Bourgeois Médoc from a warm vintage such as 2003 or 2005.