Rare Vineyards Malbec 2016

Rare Vineyards Malbec 2016

Malbec has recently become appreciated by the discerning wine-drinker who is looking for something a little different from the ‘new world’ and Argentina in particular.
Noted for breathing new life into the Languedoc-Roussillon region, the wines across the Rare Vineyards are united by their exceptional quality and drinkability. Perpetually amongst the most popular wines on our list, this Malbec is a fine example of Rare Vineyards’ endeavours. Argentina has adopted this varietal as their own, but their remains a plethora of interesting versions being produced in Malbec's original home and this wine remains a great reference point. 
France
Languedoc-Roussillon
Vin de Pays d'Oc
LGI (Viticulteurs de L'Union)
Malbec
13%
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Drink now + 2 years

Languedoc-Roussillon region of France

Together, these two vast Mediterranean areas have been the hotbed of experimentation and innovation for French wines.

In the west lies the smaller of the two appellations, Roussillon. This region, which borders Spain to the south alongside the shared Pyrenees, and with the sea to the east, is vastly different to its Languedoc neighbour. There is a lot of sunshine in Roussillon making some of the vineyards are very dry and hot so unsurprisingly, Grenache is a variety that thrives here, being a variety (much like Rioja) that likes hot and arid conditions.

Roussillon is especially famous for Vin Doux Naturels and of these, Rivesaltes, Maury and Banyuls are the best known. Of these three, Banyuls is held in highest esteem, but all three focus on Grenache for its production. Light wines from the Banuyls area are called Collioure, again made from Grenache but with plenty of Syrah and Mourvèdre added in the mix too. Côtes de Roussillon wine is made with Carignan, Cinsault as well as Syrah and Mourvedrè whereas the appellation known as Côtes de Roussillon Villages is a step up from the previous designation and the even more superior (and recent) again, Côtes du Roussillon Les Aspres.

Moving east and we come to the Languedoc, which is split into several significant sub-regions according to the different climatic and geographical influences, the reds of Minervois, Corbières and Fitou are seen as good quality and good value for money too. Meanwhile Limoux is a region gaining ground for its value for money fizz made from the varieties Mauzac, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.

Moving east again, until the Languedoc meets the Rhône river, the Côteaux du Languedoc is responsible is a hugely important appellation as too are St Chinian, Faugères, Clairette de Languedoc and Picpoul de Pinet - all of which are worth trying. 

Malbec

A red grape variety that is planted widely across the world, its birthplace is said to be in the South of France but most recently it has risen to fame in Argentina where it is producing fruit-driven, ripe, juicy wines which are the thing to drink in the States.

This varietal has the potential to age when left to mature in oak, where the condensed black fruits so typical of this varietal meld with the sweet vanilla toastiness of the wood to produce some fantastic results.


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Salads & Vegetables
A good tapas-style dish of chorizo and spicy sausages would work well here, and grilled chicken or beef salad would also be a winner.
Fish & Seafood 
This wine is generally too heavy for fish and seafood.
Pasta & Other Sauces
Best suited to cream based sauces like a good white or cheese sauce found in dishes such as lasagne and carbonara.
Meats
Best suited to rich flavoursome meats such as duck, goose and venison but would also work well with a roasted or grilled joint of beef or lamb.
Herbs & Spices
Best matched to black pepper, chives, cloves and coriander - big flavours! We would also recommend using sage, but very much in moderation.
Spicy Foods 
A great wine to have with anything with a kick to it, such as Mexican and Indian cuisine - it can handle the lot.
Cheeses 
Delicious with creamy blue cheeses and mature Cheddar, it also works a treat with Parmesan! 
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