MALBEC TIMELINE

The History of Argentine Malbec

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Known from the time of the Roman Empire more than 2000 years ago.

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IT BECAME FAMOUS IN THE Middle Ages during Queen Eleanor's COURT OF LOVE.

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Introduced in ARGENTINA
in the 1850's

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In the 18th and early 19th Centuries, Malbec was the most widely planted variety in the Médoc, Bordeaux, home to the Grand Crus; even more widely planted than Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Malbec is a very delicate, late ripening variety. It is very delicate to cold weather and lack of sunshine. This is why it adapts so well to Mendoza’s sunny, dry weather.

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After the PHYLLOXERA EPIDEMIC in the 1870's which devasted vineyards across Europe, the Malbec practically disappeared from France. It was mostly replaced by Merlot, wich rippened earlier.

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Malbec Rennaissance in the 1990’s by Nicolás Catena Zapata and his Catena Argentine Malbec.

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The Catena Cuttings:
First selection of pre-phylloxeric Malbec vines at the CATENA INSTITUTE OF WINE, founded by Laura Catena.