Malbec comes from a thick skinned grape that originated in France. Today, most Malbec grapes are grown in Argentina, with over 75% of Malbec wine originating from the country. Seven other countries also grown Malbec and it is now one of the top 18 noble grapes.
Malbec wine that comes from Argentina has the main flavors of plum, chocolate, and blackberry. You'll also taste the underlying flavors of leather, cocoa powder, violet, and sometimes a sweet tobacco. Malbec wine that originated in France on the other hand, is lacking in fruity flavors and instead has a more leathery, bitter taste. Those who enjoy bitter flavors like currant and black plum will favor a French-grown Malbec wine.
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Our dear friend Malbec has bold, heavy flavor that goes great with a lean cut of meat such as a top sirloin or flank steak. A fatty cut of meat can easily overwhelm the richness of the wine.