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Terrazas de Los Andes Malbec Reserva Mendoza 2012

External Review by WineExpress.com:

Terrazas De Los Andes is an Argentine winery with an interesting history. Established in 1960 by the Champagne producer Moet and Chandon. This was the first property owned by Moet located outside of France. Clearly they were ahead of their time and continue to be. This sleek Malbec Reserva is perfect example. Sourced from the high altitude vineyards in Finca Las Compuertas and Finca El Pedregal all hand harvested, destemmed and macerated over 21 days. The 100% Malbec wine aged 14 months in 1/3 new French oak barrels. James Suckling scored it 92 saying "This is seamless with extremely fine tannins and gorgeous subtle dark fruits with black licorice. Hints of nuts too. Drink or hold." and Antonio Galloni scored it 90 points saying "Full red with ruby highlights. Blackberry, mocha and coffee on the nose, plus a hint of licorice pastille. Silky-smooth and sweet, even thick, but with enticing floral lift to the very ripe flavors of cherry, currant and mocha. Finishes with broad, sweet, building tannins and noteworthy richness. (I should note that an earlier sample of at least equal quality seemed much more tightly wound and primary, and showed a cooler character to its fruit. Its tannins were very suave, but this sample's clarity and energy suggested that it will need a couple years of additional cellaring.)"

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Terrazas de los Andes:
In the late 1950s, Moët & Chandon, a subsidiary of LVMH, sent Renaud Poirier, its Oenology Director, to Latin America to research the region’s potential for world-class wine production. After traveling around the region, Poirier visited Luján de Cuyo, in Mendoza. Highly impressed by the local conditions for winemaking and the presence of excellent high elevation vineyards, Poirier and Moët & Ch... Read more
In the late 1950s, Moët & Chandon, a subsidiary of LVMH, sent Renaud Poirier, its Oenology Director, to Latin America to research the region’s potential for world-class wine production. After traveling around the region, Poirier visited Luján de Cuyo, in Mendoza. Highly impressed by the local conditions for winemaking and the presence of excellent high elevation vineyards, Poirier and Moët & Chandon decided to set up its first ever vineyards outside France. After decades of experiencing with sparkling wines production, in 1999, Moët Hennessy Wine Estates and Bodegas Chandon Argentina opened Terrazas de los Andes Winery - a varietal still-wines initiative based on its emblematic high-elevation vineyards, fed by the Andes meltwater. Read less

External Reviews for Terrazas de Los Andes Malbec Reserva Mendoza

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
12/18/2015

Terrazas De Los Andes is an Argentine winery with an interesting history. Established in 1960 by the Champagne producer Moet and Chandon. This was the first property owned by Moet located outside of France. Clearly they were ahead of their time and continue to be. This sleek Malbec Reserva is perfect example. Sourced from the high altitude vineyards in Finca Las Compuertas and Finca El Pedregal all hand harvested, destemmed and macerated over 21 days. The 100% Malbec wine aged 14 months in 1/3 new French oak barrels. James Suckling scored it 92 saying "This is seamless with extremely fine tannins and gorgeous subtle dark fruits with black licorice. Hints of nuts too. Drink or hold." and Antonio Galloni scored it 90 points saying "Full red with ruby highlights. Blackberry, mocha and coffee on the nose, plus a hint of licorice pastille. Silky-smooth and sweet, even thick, but with enticing floral lift to the very ripe flavors of cherry, currant and mocha. Finishes with broad, sweet, building tannins and noteworthy richness. (I should note that an earlier sample of at least equal quality seemed much more tightly wound and primary, and showed a cooler character to its fruit. Its tannins were very suave, but this sample's clarity and energy suggested that it will need a couple years of additional cellaring.)"


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/15/2015

Color: Deep ruby Aroma: Brimming with red fruit, cherries, dry plums, raisins and permeated by delicate floral scents of violets and touches of toasted vanilla and sweet spice. Palate: It is very round and well-structured; fleshy with firm tannins. - Winery



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