The fourth most-important blending grape in Bordeaux and Bordeaux-style wines (after cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc), malbec is also a traditional grape in Cahors, in southwestern France — but it has achieved real international fame as a single varietal from Argentina, where it thrives and produces dark, tannic, full-bodied wines.

Serve With

Roast meats and other simply cooked lamb and beef dishes, steaks and chops, meat stews, wild game, wild mushrooms, pasta with meat sauce, and Cheddar- or Gouda-type cheeses.