2007 Henry Lagarde Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1052223

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Intense, saturated and well balanced, with touches of motor oil, earth and herbs on the nose. The palate is flush and mouthfilling, with proper tannic bite, fine acidity and stylish flavors of blackberry and raspberry." (07/09) Produced from all estate fruit, carefully harvested and vinified only with native yeasts, the 2007 Lagarde Malbec just might be the most serious and well structured Malbec under $15 that we have featured all year. There is a certain brooding depth to the woodsy, blackberry fruit aromas, and a firmness to the presentation on the palate. Black cherry jam this is not; rather Malbec's more serious and rugged fruit character is on full display here. Clearly the fruit quality is terrific, as well as that of the oak, which is skillfully employed to add nuances of roasted espresso and bittersweet chocolate, adding a layer of complexity to this Malbec's large personality. (Joe Manekin, K&L Latin wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2009 | Send Email
Good balance is hard to find for $12.99, but Joe Manekin found it with this gem from Argentina. This dark colored wine has plenty of umph, and while I think it would be best with a big cowboy steak, it will do very well as a midweek, all purpose red. Yum!
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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.