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Date Printed: 12/17/2014
Cheval des Andes  2002
Cheval des Andes 2002
(search item no. 85825)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/17/2014: $66.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is the second vintage of this wine, made by the joint venture between Terrazas de los Andes and Chateau Cheval-Blanc.

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Malbec from the areas of Las Compuertas/Lujan de Cuyo.

The 2002 vintage is definitely more "new world" than its predecessor. Bigger and fuller, it clearly shows its pedigree (2002 was an excellent vintage for Mendoza reds). Color is deep dark rubi-red, with a subtle nose at first…. But, as you play with your glass the nose "explodes" and shows its full power - hints of tobacco and red fruit jelly appear. On the palate, it provides a big mouthful that is intense yet not overpowering, no aggressive alcoholic kick that you sometimes find in new world young wines with "big wine" aspirations. Well rounded tannic structure, elegant and long finish.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Cheval des Andes:

  • 2007 (search item no. 114062)

About Cheval des Andes:

A joint venture between Chateau Cheval Blanc and Terrazas De Los Andes, this wine is a groundbreaking blend of legendary Bordeaux "First Growth" winemaking expertise with the very best terroir in Argentina.

Cheval des Andes originated as Director Pierre Lurton sought out a special international terroir in which to apply the storied blending heritage of the French château. Lurton was intrigued by the notion of unearthing a connection with the Saint Émilion past: Malbec, decimated by phylloxera in the 1860s from its position as the one of the most important varieties in Saint Emilion and Pomerol, had since been reincarnated in ungrafted form in Argentina, producing some of the world's best Malbecs in recent years.

Cheval Blanc's reconnection with its past was consummated in 1999 as Pierre Lurton visited a select parcel of the most treasured high elevation terroir in Argentina: Terrazas de los Andes' 76-year-old Las Compuertas vineyard, found in Vistalba, Mendoza. In resulting launch vintages of 2001 and 2002, according to Pierre Lurton, Cheval des Andes has proven to "fit in the spirit of Cheval Blanc," refined and elegant in its Bordeaux style, while displaying the characteristic fruit intensity of its Argentine roots.