Malbec has become so famous from Argentina, that we forget the grape originates from SW France. In the right plots of Bordeaux, the French version can ripen to perfection. Here the wine shows off velvety black fruit with a lovely floral lift.
Try a luscious, velvety, ripe Bordeaux red that's neither Cabernet or Merlot. It's a rare 92-point Malbec, a grape that used to be a key player in the wines of Bordeaux. Then phylloxera struck and all vines had to be grafted onto a resistant rootstock. Malbec took umbridge to this, didn't perform as well and was relegated to second division. It's always had firm tannins, but with a slightly warmer climate today, these are well softened. Arbo is from the fifth generation Arbo family, who founded a property in the early 1900s in the Right Bank Côtes de Francs. Today it is run today by Bernadette, the great great grand daughter of the founder, and her husband Joseph. Malbec softened with a little Merlot, no oak, it's supple and ripe.
"Firm and concentrated, this wine offers ripe blackberry cut with acidity"
Roger Voss Wine Enthusiast
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