Cheval des Andes is dubbed the ‘Grand Cru of the Andes’ and for very good reason.
South America has the advantage of a consistently fantastic grape-growing climate. Add to that the tendency to plant grape varieties typically associated with Bordeaux and the notion of a French winemaker joining an Argentine winery starts to make a lot of sense. In this case though the winemakers are none other than the team at Chateau Cheval Blanc – one of the finest estates in the whole of Bordeaux (nay – the world!) and the makers of Terrazas de los Andes. The terroir, the expertise and vines aged a minimum of 80 years old helps produce this New World Grand Cru.
These talented French people bring their native panache and savoir faire je ne sais quoi to bring to bear on the finest Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon they can grow and make into wine, aiming to be one of the finest of its kind.
Expect a classic Bordeaux profile with it’s heart firmly in Argentinean Malbec. The nose is subtle, whispered and precise, but at the same time wide and enveloping. It reveals delicate fresh aromas such as violet and pepper in harmony with warmer ones such as raspberry and black fruits. On the palate, it represents an elegant expression of Cheval des Andes in a warm vintage. Its full-body, manifested from the attack, is accompanied by very fine tannins that converge in a tense finish with marked acidity and freshness. A stunning wine.
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