One international black grape India has taken affinity to is the Malbec. Malbec also called Cot in France is a grape which make medium to full bodied wines with bold tannins. It exudes aromas of black fruits and sweet spice including cloves and can blend in oak beautifully. French example can bring in earthy, meaty notes.
Key wine regions for Malbec
Cot has its origins in south west France particularly in the region of Cahors. It was the forerunner grape in the French wine scene and also dominated Bordeaux till the mid 19th century. After phylloxera a vine disease hit Europe, half of the Malbec plantations in Bordeaux were lost and a frost that followed decimated the grape. Malbec was replaced by the by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot then and are the key in Bordeaux blends today, Malbec is allowed too. During the mid 19th Malbec plantations were taken to Argentina by a Frenchman Miguel Pouget who was invited to give a push Argentine wine industry and he planted them in Mendoza, today its the holy grail of the grape. Argentina has 76000 acres of the grape with France coming second at 13000 acres.
Brands of Malbec in the Indian Market (Mumbai prices)
Argento Rs 1700
Trapiche Rs 1770
Trapiche Oak Cask Rs 1880
MTB Rs 1986
Michel Torino Coleccion Rs 1995
Zuccardi Santa Julia Rs 2099
Mythic Mountain Rs 2100
Pampas del sur 'Reserve' Rs 2300
Zuccardi "Serie A" Rs 3295
Dominio del Plata, CRIOS Rs 3650
Terrazas Reserva Rs 4676
Dominio del Plata, BEN MARCO Rs 5350
Mythic Block Rs 5900
Zuccardi Concreto Rs 7900
Carta Vieja limited release Rs 1896
Comte Tolosan Je Suis A Boire Cot Rs 2050
Stonecross Rs 2160
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