Cheval des Andes Red 2016 - Station Plaza Wine
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Cheval des Andes Red 2016
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Cheval des Andes Red 2016

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Category Red Wine
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Region Argentina, Mendoza
Brand Cheval des Andes
Alcohol/vol 13.9%
The wine of Cheval des Andes combines the vibrant and intense expression of Argentinian Malbec with the rigour, elegance and savoir-faire of a great Bordeaux. It is a unique blend of Malbec grapes and Bordeaux varietals - an ensemble with the exuberance of Malbec balanced by the temperance of Cabernet Sauvignon, completed with hints of Petit Verdot. The vision of Cheval des Andes is to bring Château Cheval Blanc's winemaking philosophy - which focusses on cellaring potential and elegance - to Argentina. Cheval des Andes makes wines that age gracefully and "travel through the decades," according to Pierre Lurton, President of Château Cheval Blanc and Cheval des Andes. These wines are elegant, meaning they are the most refined expression of the terroir of Mendoza. On the nose, they are complex rather than intense and on the palate, they are balanced rather than powerful.
James Suckling
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The new vintage to be released in September 2019 is the 2016 Cheval des Andes, which was cropped from a completely unusual year-cooler than the average and with an exceptional amount of rain (around 600 liters), yet the wine has achieved exceptional freshness. It's 13.9% alcohol, and there's more red fruit on the nose, which is subtle and elegant, a little closed at first, shy and subtle. They have done great adjustments in the élevage, with the wine matured in 30% to 40% 400-liter barrels and only some 40% new wood. It's 58% Malbec (approximately 50/50 from Luján and Valle de Uco, where they have 15 hectares in Altamira), 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. This has less structure than the 2015, but there's more tension; this is a wine that should develop beautifully in bottle. This is a vintage of precision and with great aging potential. I think this wine is the most elegant produced so far. Bravo! 64,000 bottles produced.

Luis Gutierrez, August 30, 2019