Ask Sid: Is the Malbec grape allowed in wines from the Loire?

September 30th, 2020
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Question: Is the Malbec grape allowed in wine from the Loire Valley of France?

Answer: Yes but limited. The popular red grape in the Loire is cabernet franc used famously in Bourgueil & Chinon among other regions. Malbec is an important grape in Argentina plus in Bordeaux, Cahors and south-west France – often called Auxerrois. Malbec is a permitted grape for inclusion in the Loire Valley wines of Touraine roses & reds – where it goes under the original name of Cot. 

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September 30th, 2020

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