A love song to Malbec

Laura & Alejandro

A question for wine geeks. Have you tasted Côt? Auxerrois? Pressac, maybe?

You have. You probably know it by its more commonly used name, Malbec. But like Malbec’s more obscure names, few are familiar with its backstory. Rejected in Bordeaux, Malbec, the quintessential ‘immigrant’, traversed the seas to find a new home in Argentina, at first produced as simply-made, delicious quaffs, then increasingly as award-winning wines with layers of complexity. My first encounter with Malbec in its super-premium avatar was at a Vinexpo masterclass conducted by Bodega Catena Zapata’s managing director and fourth-generation vintner, Dr. Laura Catena, in a session titled, A Grand Vin is born in Argentina. Here, a lineup of age-worthy, complex Malbecs wowed the audience into reverential silence. It was an unforgettable experience.

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