Malbec or Cot

This grape is mostly known for its famous red wines of Argentina.

Colour:  Black berries.

Frequency: Well planted around the world.

Synonym(s): Various, Auxerrois (south of france),  Cot (Loire valley), Malbeck (Argentina).

Origin: France but the exact area is uncertain.

Maturity: 1st period.

Sensitivity to diseases: Shatter (coulure) , downy mildew, grey rot and excoriose.

Area(s) Cultivated:

France→ Lot, Gironde, Dordogne, Tarn et Garonne, Gers, Loire, Aude.

Europe→ Italy

Worldwide→ Argentina, USA (California), Chile, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa.

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Type of Wines [ Profile ] – Pointe vers des profils types = Fiches archivées de dégustation

Mostly red wines with good colors and high tannins. They tend to be drank in its young age. But you can find Malbec grape variety in some sparkling wines (Saumur area) or fin rosé (Anjou).

Basically,  these red wines are jammy, and rich but depending the area it comes from it can be more rustic and tannic.

Facts and tips:

  • Cot or Malbec is a vine variety permitted in Bordeaux for the AOC : Medoc, Graves, Saint Emilion, Cahors, Fronsac, Pomerol, etc.
  • Cot or Malbec is a vine variety permitted in Loire for the AOC Touraine and Rosé d’Anjou. It is often blended with Cabernet Franc and  Gamay.
  • Often Blended with Merlot grape variety for its softness.