From the Cahors region of southwest France. In Cahors, Malbec is known as "Côt", "Côt Noir" or "Auxerrois", so the fact that the label says Malbec tells us a lot about the intended market for this wine. Not to mention that in other than in Alsace, naming a varietal on the label, is usually not a good sign. Of course, its what is in the bottle that count. Ruby in color. The nose is dusty with cherry hard candy. On the palate, this has sour cherry candy with slight plums. Light tannins. Good acidity. A short to medium finish. This is made to drink now, with BBQ or on its own. Nothing amazing but a solid wine. At $12, this is fairly priced but should be thought of in contrast to Argentinian Malbecs and not Cahors.