Malbec is a black-skinned grape variety from Cahors AOC in South West France. After phylloxera it has become the iconic red wine variety in Argentina (Mendoza wine region). Generally speaking French Malbec wines are meaty and quite tannic while Argentinian Malbecs tend to be rich, jammy and juicy. But they both have great aging potential. Besides occupying 70% of Cahors vineyards, Malbec is also a common grape in some Bordeaux red wines and has a strong influence in California.