2010 Cheval des Andes, Mendoza

2010 Cheval des Andes, Mendoza

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2010 Cheval des Andes, Mendoza

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Graphite, damsons and mocha on the nose. There is sweet spice as well. There is a huge volume of fruit on both the nose and palate, perfectly balanced by fully ripe and integrated tannins and a mineral freshness. There is a vanillin note from the oak on the finish but it’s not overwhelming. A very impressive effort. Perfect for a couple of years in the cellar then drinking over the following decade. The best yet.
Fergus Stewart - Private Account Manager

Characteristic dark chocolate notes from the Malbec ensure you know where this is from but the 2010 also shows all the benefits of a cooler vintage in Argentina; full, powerful and ripe but there’s a freshness and finesse which one associates with fine Bordeaux. The 2010 reminds me of the fantastic 2007 Cheval des Andes, the wines of this estate are becoming more focussed and pure when the climate allows.
Martyn Rolph -  Private Account Manager

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Cheval des Andes

Cheval des Andes

Described as a ‘New World Grand Cru’, Cheval des Andes is a high-end wine project that is a collaboration between Terrazas de los Andes and Pierre Lurton of Cheval Blanc.  The joint venture was proposed by Pierre Lurton in 1999 when he realized the potential for top quality wines that existed in certain sites in Mendoza.  Lurton was eager in connecting again with the grape of Saint Emilion’s past: Malbec. A grape that was decimated by phylloxera in the 1860s from its position as one of the most important varieties in Saint Emilion and Pomerol.  It has since been reincarnated at Cheval des Andes in an un-grafted form in Argentina, producing some of the world’s best Malbecs in recent years.  Cheval des Andes wines are a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the high elevation, old vine vineyard "Las Compuertas" near Mendoza. 

To Lurton, Cheval des Andes is an “exotic wine with a Bordelais touch”.  To Nicolas Audebert, its winemaker and a French ex-pat who used to make Krug and Veuve Clicquot, it’s the “best of two worlds: a combination of the intensity of Argentinian fruit but dressed in a very elegant way with that French style”.

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Mendoza

Mendoza

With its western borderline dominated by the Andes and its 146,000 hectares of vineyards representing 70% of the country’s wine production, Mendoza is Argentina’s biggest and most important wine-growing province.

Mendoza’s vineyards are a haven to Old World varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo, Bonarda, Sangiovese, Barbera, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. The province’s signature grape is Malbec

Mendoza still produces large amounts of inexpensive wine for domestic consumption, as well as grape concentrate, but the sub-region of Luján de Cuyo stands out with some lovely velvety Malbecs, while the cool, gravelly Maipú is best for Cabernet Sauvignon

The most exciting area in Mendoza for fine whites, however, is the Uco Valley, that has the highest vineyards, up to 1,200 metres above sea level. Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Chenin, Pinot Grigio and Torrontés fare particularly well in its cool climate. Its sub-region of Tupungato produces Argentina’s best Chardonnay.

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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The Wine Advocate95/100
Tanzer

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The Wine Advocate95/100
The 2010 Cheval des Andes is produced with grapes grown at an old vineyard (planted in 1929) at Las Compuertas, in the Lujn de Cuyo department of Mendoza plus grapes from La Consulta in the Uco Valley. The blend changes with each vintage and in 2010 they had very good Petit Verdot so the percentage of it is higher than ever. It's a blend of 60% Malbec and 20% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The wine shows great integration of the oak, with notes of blackcurrant and spices (black pepper), showing restraint and incipient elegance along with underbrush and hints of truffles. I think I've never seen such an elegant Cheval des Andes. The palate reveals very good balance between power and elegance with ripe, fine-grained tannins, good length and freshness. Stronger balsamic notes emerge with time in the glass. This is one of the finest vintages of Cheval des Andes, challenged maybe... by 2011! Keep an eye open for these two vintages. 60,000 bottles produced.
Luis Gutirrez - 28/08/2015 Read more
Tanzer
60% Malbec and 20% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot; two years in new French oak): Saturated bright ruby. Pungent, inky aromas of blackberry, espresso, bitter chocolate, wild herbs and crushed rock. Boasts superb ripeness for a wine from a cool year, offering sneaky sweetness to the dense, palate-saturating flavors of dark berries, licorice and minerals. Combines outstanding delicacy and energy, communicating a weightless impression. Finishes with noble tannins and outstanding subtle length. This joint venture between Cheval Blanc and Terrazas de los Andes is consistently one of Argentina's classiest bottlings. 
Stephen Tanzer - vinousmedia.com
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