Malbec (or Côt) was previously a significant Bordeaux grape, despite its propensity to shatter. But in that region it has taken a back seat to Merlot and the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Slightly more precocious than the Cabernets, Malbec is mainly used to soften Cabernet-based lots. Despite more regular selections, Malbec has regressed throughout Bordeaux, except in the Côtes de Bourg and Côtes de Blaye regions, where it still enjoys some prestige.
Malbec is usually low in acidity, high in tannins, deeply coloured and relatively fruity wines. Malbec has aromas and flavours of red plums, cherries and currants.