Cheval des Andes is the first fusion of the Premier Grand Cru Classé A of Saint-Emilion - Cheval Blanc, with its savoir-faire, and Terrazas de los Andes, with the best Argentine high-altitude terroir, and its expertise in producing Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The philosophy of successive harvests directly addresses the synergy born as a driving idea to bring together in one single wine: the French art of assemblage, and the creative innovation of the new world.
- IMPORTED - Argentina
The 2007 Cheval des Andes is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Malbec, 4% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot that is aged for 18 months in oak. Tasted on two occasions, it was unexpectedly bashful and unresponsive on first acquaintance. The second meeting was more promising. It offers a ripe bouquet of raspberry coulis, strawberry, vanilla and cedar, augmented by cigar box with a little aeration. It is well-defined, and the oak is neatly folded into the fruit. The palate is fleshy in the mouth, to the point where you would think it was more Merlot than Cabernet Sauvignon. It is nicely balanced, although I searched for more backbone and structure, especially on the finish, which is delineated but laconic. It is undoubtedly a very pleasurable wine, but I feel it could give so much more. Drink now-2017.
I spent a couple of hours visiting Terrazas de los Andes in Lujan de Cuyo. Its origins can be traced as far back as the 1950s, when Moet Chandon dispatched oenologist Renaud Poirer to Latin America. They soon established a reputation for their sparkling wines, although it was not until 1999 that they set up the winery. They have become well-known for their joint venture with Cheval Blanc, -Cheval des Andes,- which demonstrates how highly the most eminent properties in Bordeaux regard Mendoza and its potential.
Rating 91 - Drink to 2017 - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate OCT/2012
Winery Tasting Notes
Opens with intense red & black fruits notes such as raspberry, redcurrant, and blackcurrant completed by subtle floral hints like geranium, rhubarb jam, and menthol. Its noble oak aging gives it slight aromas of tobacco and pepper.
Well balanced, excellent structure in the mouth with silky and delicate tannins. This has a great intensity, complexity and elegance, all underlined by a vibrant freshness. Long and suave finish with deep aromatic persistence. Great aging potential.