Both Argentina and Cahors, a region in southwest France, have something very important in common: their signature red wines are made primarily from malbec grapes. While these reds may differ in style and taste depending on where the grapes are grown, malbec tends to produce wines that are almost inky in color, have dark fruit flavors and distinctive smoky, spicy notes. However, what happens when malbec is used to make rosé? Below are two examples.
Bodegas Fabre 2019 Phebus, Malbec Rosé, Mendoza, Argentina
Bought • Total Wine, 90 Brentwood Promenade Court, in March for $9.99
Description • The owner and winemaker of Bodegas Fabre is Hervé Joyaux Fabre, who was born in Bordeaux, France, to a family of wine negociants. In the 1990s, he moved to Argentina and built his Mendoza winery and planted vineyards with old French malbec vines, dating back to 1908. Unlike dark red malbec wines, this malbec rosé is a blush color. An elegant and delicate rosé, it’s crisp and fruity, tasting of strawberries and raspberries. It has a refreshing acidity and makes for a delightful aperitif or a pair with light cuisine.
Georges Vigouroux 2018 Pigmentum Malbec, Cahors, FranceBought • Total Wine, 90 Brentwood Promenade Court, in March for $11.99
Description • The Maison Georges Vigouroux was founded in 1887 in Cahors, and according to the winery’s website, the “black wine” has been flowing through the Vigouroux family for four generations. This rosé, however, is a lively pink color, and it comes in a unique swirly glass bottle. The wine itself is a bit bigger in body than the Phebus and tastes of red cherries and strawberries with a touch of spice. It would go well with fish, white meats and spicy Asian cuisine.
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