Malbec is the most planted grape in both Mendoza and all of Argentina.
Introduced in Mendoza in the mid 19th century by the French agronomist Michel Pouget, it immediately won remarkable popularity, covering an area of 150,000 Acres (60,000 hectares).
Malbec needs specific climatic conditions in order to express its full potential: sunny climate and an ample temperature range between day and night.
The singular micro and macro climatic conditions of the Mendoza area and its soils, combined with traditional viticultural practices - such as flood irrigation - have allowed the vines here to survive phylloxera while vintners can continue planting free of root stock.
The end result of the Malbec varietal in Argentina is very different from its French namesake: the salient characteristics are an intense purple-violet color and extremely soft, sweet and enveloping tannins.
Its bouquet descriptors vary widely depending on the different area of origin within Mendoza. If Valle de Uco typically expresses itself with floral characters, Lujan de Cuyo shows intense berry flavours, just to mention a few. Notwithstanding the extraordinary charm it manifests when it is young, Malbec´s finest examples have proven its aging potential.