2010 Cheval des Andes, Mendoza, Argentina

2010 Cheval des Andes, Mendoza, Argentina

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2010 Cheval des Andes, Mendoza, Argentina

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Description

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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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
Stephen 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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About this WINE

Cheval des Andes

Cheval des Andes

Cheval des Andes is a wine estate in Mendoza, Argentina. It is a collaboration between Château Cheval Blanc of Bordeaux and Terrazas de los Andes of Mendoza.

The idea for the project came from Pierre Lurton, then the president of Cheval Blanc, and winemaker Roberto de la Mota. Their goal was to produce a “Grand Cru” equivalent wine in Las Compuertas, a sub-region of Luján de Cujo in Mendoza. The first vintage of Cheval des Andes was 1999.

The vineyard sits at up to 1,070 metres elevation, creating a cool microclimate for the grapes to ripen slowly. Malbec is the dominant variety here. The vineyard boasts old, ungrafted vines of Malbec that were planted in 1929.

There is also a healthy proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon, along with a small amount of Petit Verdot. Pierre Lurton was particularly interested in Malbec, given its historical significance in St-Emilion – and its huge popularity in Argentina.

Since 2019, Cheval des Andes has been distributed through La Place de Bordeaux. The first vintage released this way was the 2016.

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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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