A joint venture between Terrazas de los Andes and the legendary Château Cheval Blanc in Bordeaux. The vineyards are located on a select parcel of the most treasured terroir in Argentina, and made up of ungrafted vines dating back to 1929. The wine is made in the spirit of Cheval Blanc, yet displays the fruit intensity of its Argentinean roots.
Mendoza, Cuyo, Argentina. Malbec 50% - Cab Sauv 50%. Alc 14% by Vol
layers of dark fruit, red raspberries, some spice, bold, big, loads of spice, nice tannic and balanced structure
Appearance: Clear, opaque ruby, paler rims with legs Nose: Clean, showing developing and medium intensity aromas of plum, prune, blackberry, sweet spice, smoke, earth and floral. Palate: Dry with medium acidity, Medium tannin which is ripe and smooth. Medium plus alcohol level and medium body, with medium intensity of prune, plum, blackberry, liquorice, sweet spice, earth and oak. Silky and elegant tannin, with a hint of floral note. Medium length. Conclusion: Very good quality, with a good complexity in the blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. A very interesting wine which has a good balance and an elegance that is more akin to the old world wines. This wine is ready to drink but can be further developed for another 3-5 years.
I tried this at a wine tasting. It was the last wine of the day which probably wasn't the best of ideas. I think we should have had this first so we could savor the deliciousness of it. One person described this as being "Better than Catholic school girl sex." We were a little toasted at that point. But in a way, he was right. To this day, it remains in my top 2 favorite wines. I've had it a couple times since that first taste. Every time it is better.
Ok bgt neh...
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An enthralling nose of sandalwood, floral notes, exotic spices, a velvety texture, complex flavors, and an overall suave personality in the manner of a First Growth Bordeaux.
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 have never been grafted.
"Cheval des Andes is the outcome of joint venture between Cheval Blanc and Terrazas de los Andes
An Argentine Malbec blend with a Bordeaux pedigree that’s hard to beat. Cheval des Andes is owned by the legendary Saint-Emilion producer, Chateau Cheval Blanc. The grapes are sourced from their estate vineyard in Lujan de Cuyo in Mendoza. The Malbec is from old, ungrafted vines averaging 74 years of age. The Cabernet portion is aged in new French oak and the Malbec is aged in second use French oak a total of 18 months. The Wine Advocate rated it 94 points saying: “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.” On Sale, extremely Limited!!
Dark and inviting, with crushed plum, currant paste and warm fig sauce flavors backed by alluring cocoa and espresso notes. This has a very silky texture, with a long, suave finish. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2011. 1,500 cases imported. -JM ** Only 4 in Stock **
Dark and inviting, with crushed plum, currant paste and warm fig sauce flavors backed by alluring cocoa and espresso notes. This has a very silky texture, with a long, suave finish. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2011. 1,500 cases imported. JM - Wine Spectator Magazine 92 Points** Only 4 in Stock **
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