Cheval des Andes is a fusion between the renowned Saint-Emilion «Premier Grand Cru Classé A»: Château Cheval Blanc and Terrazas de los Andes, an Argentine winery specialized in Premium high altitude winemaking for more than two decades.
Harvest 2009 is memorable for red wines which tell the quiet story of a short and warm winter followed by a dry and cool spring which allowed for a good and early bud break.
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Bright, saturated medium ruby. Black fruits, tobacco, licorice, wild herbs and an intriguing balsamic note on the nose; as much Bordeaux Right Bank as Argentina in style. Plush, concentrated and sweet; full without any heaviness. Utterly seamless flavors of dark berries, herbs, flowers and earth, plus hints of dried fruits. Really urgent, dense fruit here, with terrific definition and energy. Finishes with noble tannins and outstanding rising length. A fully ripe, outstanding vintage for this consistently excellent bottling. Stephen Tanzer, March 2014, Rating 94
The 2009 Cheval des Andes is a blend produced with grapes grown in Las Compuertas, in Lujan de Cuyo, from vineyards planted in 1929. It is a big, ripe blend of 59% Malbec, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot which is very deep purple-colored, with a bright rim and an opaque center. The nose is completely closed and ungiving, so you need to exercise your wrist and swirl your glass around energetically and you’ll get rewarded with subtle and complex notes of forest floor, leather, cigar box, and cured meat, but especially shiny, perfectly ripe black fruit aromas. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with velvety tannins, superb integration of the oak and focused flavors of cassis, blueberries, soil and faint violets. Great in a slightly international style, a little ripe. A big, ripe Argentine Cheval. Drink 2015-2022. Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate #212 April 2014, Rating 92.
Winery Tasting Notes
The season was characterised by a long and warm cycle which translated into wines with great typicity, ripeness, strength, intense colour and concentrated fruit. These wines have a good tannin structure, and acidity, which ensure great aging potential.