Argentina

Cheval des Andes 2018 3000ml

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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. Read more
Critic Reviews
Expert Review
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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.

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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.

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95 POINTS
Jane Anson - New Bordeaux

Lovely depth to the fruit, clear chocolate, liquorice, rosemary and black pepper spice, along with blueberry, black cherry, nuances of luscious nectarine. Lower levels of Cabernet Sauvignon than they have historically used in the blend, it still pulls its weight. They are still vinifiying at Terrazas de los Andes, but currently working on a cellar plan that will be completed for 2023. Last vintage with Lorenzo Pasquini before he headed back to Bordeaux (he is now with Yquem), with the 2019 onwards with Gérald Gabillet winemaker (previously at Château Angélus in St Emilion).

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Tasting Notes

The style of Cheval des Andes is unique in Argentina, as it reveals the freshness and elegance of the terroir through blends inspired by Cheval Blanc, with great cellaring potential and complexity.

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Winemakers Note

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The story of Cheval des Andes began exactly twenty years ago.

At its origin is the Argentine winery, Terrazas de los Andes, one of the pioneers in wine growing in Mendoza. Pierre Lurton, General Manager at Cheval Blanc, studied the "terroirs" of Las Compuertas with Roberto de la Mota and had the ingenious idea of blending the expertise of Cheval Blanc with the purest, original expression of Malbec, king of the argentine grape varieties.
Conceived in 1999, Cheval des Andes has inherited 200 years of expertise in the art of blending from Cheval Blanc. Without a doubt, this vision of wine growing is completely unusual as it combines two very different "terroirs" coupled with two legendary grape varieties and a desire to create complexity out of diversity. Today, the vision of committed viticulturists has been achieved through twenty years of daily care in these unique vineyards which now produce a genuine "grand cru" of the Andes.

A single wine is produced from two unusual and exceptional "terroirs" stretching over 46 hectares. The result is uniqueness and complexity.
The vineyards in Las Compuertas are the historical site for Cheval des Andes. At 1,070 metres above sea level, this is the highest vineyard on the right bank of the Mendoza river in the province of Luján de Cuyo. Old vine Malbec planted on its own roots in 1929 flourishes here and produces complex, expressive and soft wines. After a while, Cabernet Sauvignon was planted and irrigated using the precise method of drip irrigation. This is a 32-hectare vineyard with a uniquely dry climate (an average of 200mm per annum). Thanks to the altitude, the weather is cooler with significant diurnal variation. The deep alluvial-loam soils are made up largely of limestone (48%), sand (36%) and clay (16%).
Further towards the south in La Consulta in the Uco Valley perches the Altamira vineyard at 1,150 metres above sea level. Here the climate is cooler and 14 hectares complete the mosaic of the Cheval des Andes "terroirs". This is composed mainly of Malbec planted in 1945. The thermal amplitude is wider here than in the North.
These vineyards produce grapes with good quality tannins, more freshness and floral notes. The alluvial soils are composed of sand (60%), limestone (30%) and clay (10%). 

Cheval des Andes is a unique concept developed over a long period of time. This is a long-term project. The product of a particular ‘terroir’ with a blend of grape varieties which is unusual in Argentina, it is privy to the expertise of Cheval Blanc and its experienced team. This challenging adventure to search for an exceptional wine is the fruit of human intuition and humility in the face of nature. It has been achieved through the talent of wine growers, ancient practices and the taming of "terroirs".

Whether you taste, drink for enjoyment or age this wine, it will bring pleasure to those who appreciate its uniqueness; a "grand cru" from Argentina which is inspired by a top "grand cru" in Bordeaux, Cheval Blanc. It required 20 years of sweat and toil but now Cheval des Andes is here to stay.

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