Also known as Côt in Touraine or Auxerrois in Cahors. A classic grape for rustic wines. It is produced in the Loire (vinified alone or blended with Cabernet Franc and Gamay), and in the South-West (sometimes blended with Tannat) and Bordeaux (where it is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot). Known to give full-bodied red wines with character, even though nowadays medium-bodied fruitier styles are also gaining popularity. What defines Malbec in its structure is its intense fruity aromatic expression, as well as its volume on the palate. The climate will have its influence: Malbec expresses more body and power in warmer climates, such as Argentina where it is the king grape variety. Vinified on its own, it can lack finesse and flavour, especially if it lacks sunshine. These powerful, generous and very ripe fruity wines from Argentina can be drunk young, unlike the traditional styles of Cahors where the sometimes astringent vegetal side will only fade after 5 years.