Just like Tango, Malbec's place of origin is France, but Argentina is now home to nearly 70% of the Malbec vineyards of the world. Thus, your very first taste of Malbec could have been from Mendoza, Argentina.
There is a dramatic difference in taste between the two regions and this is because Malbec really shows how terroir affects wine.
ARGENTINIAN MALBECis usually ripe fruit style, plummy, mocha with a velvety texture.
FRENCH MALBECis usually more savory, tart, raspberry, plum with firmer tannins.
🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷 Kaiken Terroir Series Malbec is an elegant yet youthful wine, perfect for enjoying with a range of dishes, especially red meats. In the glass, the wine is an intense, bright red color with violet hues, while the nose displays pronounced notes of plum and touches of spice and thyme. On the palate, there’s the silky texture of Malbec, backed up by the structure and freshness of the Petit Verdot; the finish reveals interesting fresh fruits, which are the Bonarda’s main contribution.
🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷 Deep in the southwest of France, amidst dramatic rock formations and cliffs, the Lot River slowly snakes its way along the valley floor, coiling covetously around the charming town of Cahors. The diversity in architecture serves as a proud historical mark left by many previous generations of inhabitants. Once a former Roman town, Cahors was also as a center of commerce during the Middle Ages that served as an important crossroads for pilgrims on the trail to Santiago de Compostella. Among the many specialties that have brought pride to the region, the constant has been its wine. A.O.C. Cahors is known as the “black wine” of the Southwest—the deeply inky, earthy wines that seem to complement the regional fare of duck (and duck fat!) so wonderfully. Cahors is also the birthplace of Cot, the grape more commonly known as Malbec—a fascinating contrast to its South American brother. The Bernède family is an intricate part of this tradition, watching over one of the region’s oldest domaines that was founded before the French Revolution.
🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷 This hand harvested, single vineyard, from Gualtallary is 100% Malbec and spends 12 months in French oak barrels. A large nose of blueberry, blackberry, vanilla, and smoky tobacco leads to a big and bold palate of fig newtons, dry leaves, dark chocolate, and powdered sugar. The finish lasts with big, smooth tannins and fruit galore.
🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷 A rich, fruity and structured wine, this is full of black currant fruits. Its rich tannins are fully blended into the wine's intense fruitiness. Just the touch of minerality is a reminder that it is still aging.
We do organic farming. We’ve started in the early nineties by banning all herbicides from the vineyards and managed to get rid of all chemical spraying agents by 2002. This really improved the quality of our grapes and encouraged us to ask for organic certification in 2009. After three years of conversion, we have made our first certified organic wine in 2012.
🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷 Ruby red with black tones. Red and black fruits stand out on the nose, with secondary notes of licorice and blonde tobacco. The palate is broad, with mouth-filling tannins and brooding intensity.
🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷 "Château de Chambert" is the historic wine of the chateau, a blend of 85% Malbec and 15% Merlot. The addition of merlot gives the wine a suppleness and expressive red fruit characters in its youth and the Malbec component increases its cellaring potential.
This wine is aged 12 months in barrel to achieve a perfect balance of fruit, silky tannins and a delicate spice of french oak. It is a wine that can easily age from 15-20 years depending on the vintage.