The red grape of the Cahors region of southwestern France, Malbec also works to brilliant effect in its adopted home of Argentina. It is capable of producing inky, dense, chunky wines with flavours of plums, blackcurrants and tobacco, often with a spicy overlay.

Malbec is also a blending component of many Bordeaux wines, and has achieved some success in Chile. In both the old world and the new, Malbec is an impressive performer: there is no doubt that in the right hands and from suitable vineyard sites this grape can produce serious, characterful wines. Other names for this grape type include Auxerrois and Côt.

Made with this varietal: Falerne, L'Exception