Why's this wine for you?

This is a pivotal wine, not just for Argentina but for the entire Southern Hemisphere. It provides definitive proof of how terroir shines through, even when given a very French outlook.

Cheval des Andes is a collision between two of the wine world's most unique elements. It combines the raw beauty and power of viticulture in the foothills of the Andes and the history and expertise of one of the world's grandest Chateau.

It is the project of Argentine powerhouse Terrazas de los Andes from Mendoza, and Pierre Lurton, Bordeaux legend and owner of Château Cheval Blanc - a producer with a history as long as that of Bordeaux itself.

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The Brief
Alcohol
14.0%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2018
Cellar to
2038
How's it taste?
This is a plush, rich Cheval with blueberry and floral aromas and flavors. HInts of tar and fresh lavender. Full body. The depth and richness are impressive, as are the ripe yet fresh tannins. Very long and structured, yet controlled and in balance.
How was it made?
The Cheval des Andes history starts in 1999 when Lurton uncovered a forgotten gem, the incredible Malbec vineyard of Las Compuertas in the prestigious Lujan de Cuyo subregion of Mendoza. Planted in 1929, the vines are still thriving on original Bordelais rootstock - a rarity in the post-phylloxera world. Upon this discovery, Lurton became determined to bring the Bordeaux wines of the past back to life and hero a wine style long forgotten in his homeland.

And with this extraordinary vineyard Lurton and his team had a project. While the original intent was to revive the Bordeaux wines of old, the actual result was something uniquely Argentinian. With smaller berries and tighter clusters, Argentinian Malbec is famed for being more deeply coloured, yet more plush and velvety than its French counterpart ever was. And this incredible cuvee proves that the wines of Argentina stand alone and make their own unique contribution to the world of wine.

A blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cheval des Andes wine has risen to world-class status.
Critic Reviews
Expert Review
Expert Review
98 Points
Luis Gutierrez - Wine Advocate
The 2018 Cheval des Andes is a blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented in small lots in 3,000- to 8,000-liter tanks and matured 40% in 225-liter oak barrels, 40% in 400-liter oak barrels and the remaining 20% in 2,500-liter oak vats for 13 months. Ninety percent of the oak used was French and the rest a blend of Austrian, Slovenian and German oak, 50% of it new. 2018 has been one of the best vintages in recent times in Mendoza, and the wine shows it. It's a cooler vintage, and the wine has improved in freshness and elegance without losing any clout. It's 14.5% alcohol and has a pH of 3.73. This is young, juicy, elegant and balanced and still has some herbal and toasted notes; it's medium to full-bodied, with the creamy and luxurious texture of the modern Bordeaux, ultra fine tannins and a long, dry and precise finish. It's still undeveloped and seems to have all the components and the balance between them for a long and positive development in bottle. With wines like this, I sometimes wish I had a time machine so I could see them in 20 years from now... I think this is the finest Cheval des Andes I've ever tasted. 100,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2020. Drink 2022 - 2040.
Expert Review
Expert Review
98 Points
James Suckling
This is a plush, rich Cheval with blueberry and floral aromas and flavors. HInts of tar and fresh lavender. Full body. The depth and richness are impressive, as are the ripe yet fresh tannins. Very long and structured, yet controlled and in balance. This will be a great wine indeed. Release in September 2021. Drink after 2023.
Expert Review
Expert Review
96 Points
Joaquin Hidalgo - Vinous
The 2018 Cheval Des Andes is a blend of 70% Malbec – half from Las Compuertas and half from Paraje Altamira – and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from Las Compuertas. It was aged in barrels and foudres, 50% in new oak. Purplish red in the glass. It shows an expressively complex nose of plum, cherry and hints of spice, pepper, ink, blackberry, and blackcurrant. The oak provides a profound and subtle backdrop of sweet spice. In the mouth, it’s viscous and broad with a little juice, velvety in texture and with very fine tannins. The finish is long-lasting with a satisfying feel. A relaxed, delicate, extremely well-balanced wine with a more generous core than the 2017 vintage. Drink 2021 - 2038.
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