Malbec also called Auxerrois or Côt Noir in Cahors, and Pressac in other places, the grape became less popular in Bordeaux after 1956 when frost killed off 75% of the crop. The Malbec was replanted and continued to be popular in that area where it was mixed with Merlot and Tannat to make dark, full-bodied wines, and more recently has been made into 100% Malbec varietal wines.

Wine expert Jancis Robinson describes the French style of Malbec common in the Libournais (Bordeaux region) as a "rustic" version of Merlot, softer in tannins and lower in acidity with blackberry fruit in its youth.  Oz Clarke describes Cahors' Malbec as dark purple in colour with aromas of damsons, tobacco, garlic, and raisin. In Argentina, Malbec becomes softer with a plusher texture and riper tannins. The wines tend to have juicy fruit notes with violet aromas.

Concreto Malbec Zuccardi, Paraje Altamira, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina 2017
Concreto Malbec Zuccardi 2017
Concreto Malbec Zuccardi, Paraje Altamira, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina 2017  100% Malbec unoaked, 50% whole bunch maceration. This full bodied Malbec comes from high altitude vineyards (1100m) in Paraje Altamira, where the soil...
Gouguenheim Flores Del Valle Blue Melosa 2014
Gouguenheim Winery
Gouguenheim Flores Del Valle Blue Melosa 2014
Gouguenheim Flores del Valle Blue Melosa Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2014     Grape variety, 100% Malbec with 12 Months in first oak barrels followed by at least 12 months in bottle before release.     Dark ruby colour,...
Terrazas Single Vineyard Malbec 2011
Terrazas Single Vineyard Malbec 2011
Terrazas Single Vineyard Malbec 2011, Las Compuertas vineyard, Mendoza, Argentina  Grape 100% Malbec, aged for 16 to 18 months in new French Oak Barrels   This very expressive Malbec has an intense purple colour with violet shades. On the...