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  • Malbec Showdown: Argentina vs. France – Which Will Win Your Palate?

    May 30, 2024 2 min read

    Image of 2 Malbec wines from Whelehans Wines.

    Calling all Malbec lovers! This Friday and Saturday, from 11 am to 5.30 pm, we're hosting our traditional W Experiential Tasting, and we want you to be part of it. Among our usual selection of six wines, we'll be featuring two incredible Malbecs – one from the Uco VAlley, Mendoza, Argentina and one from Cahors, France.

    It's a friendly competition that promises to be both fun and delicious. Come taste and decide for yourself which Malbec is the best!

    The Contenders

    Rutini Trumpeter Malbec 2022 – Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina 🇦🇷

    Tasting Notes:
    The Rutini Trumpeter Malbec is a vibrant red wine with rich flavors and a lively structure. You'll taste notes of plum, cherry, and blackberry, giving it a fruit-forward profile. Spicy hints of cinnamon and pepper, along with floral notes, add depth and complexity. The wine finishes with smooth tannins and a delightful velvety texture.

    Aging: 7 months in French and American oak (60% new oak)
    Rating: James Suckling 91/100 points
    Cellaring: Drink now to 2028
    Food Pairing: Pairs perfectly with empanadas, enhancing the wine's robust flavors and smooth finish.

    Founded in 1885 by Felipe Rutini, Bodega La Rural in Coquimbito, Maipú, has been a leader in Argentine winemaking. Mariano Di Paola, the head enologist since 1993, has brought Rutini Wines to new heights with his expertise. Recognized globally, Di Paola was named one of the top 30 enologists in the world by Decanter in 2015.

    Mission de Picpus Malbec Cahors 2022 – Cahors, France  🇫🇷 

    Tasting Notes:
    The Mission de Picpus Malbec from Cahors offers bright flavors of ripe blackberries and dark cherries, with earthy undertones and a hint of licorice. This high-altitude vineyard wine has fresh acidity, light tannins, and a spicy finish, making it a juicy and rich choice.

    Aging: Partial wood aging for added spice
    Cellaring: Drink now to 2028
    Food Pairing: Pairs beautifully with veal tenderloin "en croute", veal Scaloppini, lamb kebabs, and pork roast.

    Hervé Joyaux Fabre and his wife Diane have been producing premium Malbec wines since 1997 in Mendoza, Argentina. In 2015, captivated by the Malbec wines from Cahors, they purchased the vineyard at Prieuré de Cénac. The vineyard's Mediterranean and Continental climate, with long, sunny growing seasons and moderate rainfall, creates the perfect conditions for Malbec to thrive.

    Experience the Malbec Madness

    Will you prefer the bold, fruit-forward profile of Rutini Trumpeter Malbec, or will the bright, juicy notes of Mission de Picpus Malbecwin you over?

    Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to explore and compare two fantastic Malbec wines. We look forward to seeing you there and finding out which Malbec you prefer!

    Cheers to discovering your favorite Malbec!