Cheval des Andes Bordeaux Blend 2019

Cheval des Andes Bordeaux Blend 2019

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Size: 750mL

Appellation: Mendoza, Argentina

Commonly called “The Grand Cru of the Andes”

Estate run by the team of Château Cheval Blanc and Belongs to LVMH

Inaugural vintage is 1999, and first vintage on La Place was 2016

Produced from very old Malbec (1945) and Cabernet Sauvignon, in two vineyards located in Las Compuertas (west of Mendoza) and Altamira (south of Mendoza)

Focused now on agroecology (like Cheval Blanc)


98 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"The 2019 Cheval des Andes has a more reductive vinification and élevage, making the wine a bit shy and in need of time to open up, as one of their objectives was to make it more age-worthy. Another objective is to get to a 50/50 blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, which they achieved in this vintage for the first time, going back to the initial character of the wine, which was the idea of Argentinean winemaker Roberto de la Mota; so, they are closing the circle and going back to the initial idea, with more suggestions from the Cheval Blanc team. This is the first vintage fully under the charge of the new French winemaker, Gerald Gabillet, who fermented by plot, isolating some specific parts of the vineyard, like the borders where you tend to get higher yields because of the irrigation. Best after 2023." 

97 James Suckling

"A refined but spicy Cheval, showing charcoal, blueberries, wild herbs, lavender and hints of bacon and cedar. Medium to full body with extremely fine tannins that get dialed into the fruit with violet, spices and sweet blue fruit at the end. Long and subtle. Drink or hold."

97 Vinous

"The 2019 Cheval des Andes is a 50/50 blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon from Las Compuertas and Paraje Altamira, Mendoza. The 2019 was 40% aged in 225-liter barrels, 40% in 500-liter barrels and 20% in foudres. It’s red with violet flecks in the glass. It has a fresh nose of plum and blackcurrant accompanied by hints of white pepper, mint and violets over a bed of cedar and sandalwood. On the palate, the feel is finely grained with a leaner, more agile flow than in previous years, while the freshness brings plenty of energy before the lengthy finish of fruit and country herb aromas. Drink: 2024-2035."