Cheval des Andes
Cheval des Andes
Cheval des Andes is owned by Château Cheval Blanc, the
legendary and renowned Saint-Emilion First Great Classified Growth "A". The joint venture between Cheval Blanc and Terrazas de los Andes, a subsidiary of Moët Hennessy in Argentina, notably the first ever for Cheval Blanc, originated as Director Pierre Lurton sought out a special international terroir in which to apply the storied blending heritage of the French château. The wine is sourced from their 50 hectare estate vineyard planted on its own roots in 1929. The first vintage was 1999 and over time the wine has evolved into having a majority of Malbec in the blend. New oak is used for the Cabernet component and one-year-old barrels for the Malbec.
Cheval des Andes 2005
- Terrazas, Cheval Blanc
The nose opens out on to warm notes of tobacco, red berry fruit macerated in brandy, cherry stones and home-made jam, with aromas of cedar-wood, and bay leaves coming through. The attack on the palate is full, rich and warm. Silky tannins mingle harmoniously with the oak, making this wine a truly great vintage, beautifully rounded off by a full, long finish.
"The 2005 Cheval des Andes is made up of 60% Malbec, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot.
Purple-colored, it exhibits a complex bouquet of wood smoke, scorched earth,
violets, black cherry, and blackberry liqueur. On the palate it is remarkably
elegant with a velvety texture, superb depth, savory flavors, ripe tannin, and
5-7 years of aging potential. Its drinking window will begin in 2014 and last
through 2030 at the least. Altogether the wine spends 18 months in cask." -Rated 94, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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Cheval des Andes Vineyard
Cheval des Andes wines are a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the "Las Compuertas" vineyards near Mendoza, in the Cordilleras, or foothills, of the Andes.
The Malbec vines, some of them 80 years old, have never been grafted. The wines are assembled by Pierre Lurton, oenologist and head of Cheval Blanc, in collaboration with oenologists from Terrazas de los Andes.
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