Guest Blog: The Real Argentina

Majestic Argentinian Tasting week ends today in all our stores. Have you had your fill of Malbec? Andrew from the Real Argentina blog explores the competition to Argentina’s flagship grape variety…

Argentinian Malbecs vs. The World

by Andrew Catchpole

Argentinian Malbec vs the WorldMention Argentina to the average wine drinker and Malbec is the variety that everyone knows. It’s the runaway flagship variety, with a well-deserved reputation for producing intense, aromatic, flavour-packed wines running the gamut from barbecue-friendly quaffers to fine wines with great structure and complexity. Argentina’s vignerons have managed the neat trick of taking this relatively obscure French variety and, in their high altitude, sun-blessed vineyards, creating a new world-class style of wine.

Trace Malbec’s lineage back to the vineyards of France and its resurgence in the New World should perhaps come as little surprise. Before a combination of crippling frosts and phylloxera saw the decline of Malbec in Bordeaux’s vineyards in the nineteenth century, the grape was a respected and far more widely-used component in the classic blended fine reds of the region. But when French agronomist Miguel Pouget imported Malbec to Argentina – along with many other French cuttings – in the middle of that same century, he could have had little idea that it would flourish with such aplomb…

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