Cheval des Andes 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from Argentina, South America

Item No. 94867
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP94
  • WS92
  • WE92
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2001
  • WS92
  • W&S92
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Winemaker's Notes

Blend: 60% Malbec, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot.

Color: Deep, almost black core, with bright violet highlights.

Aroma: It opens with notes of fresh red berries, combined with blackcurrant and redcurrants, followed by roses and violets. It is completed by hints of Asian spices such as fresh ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Supplementary traces of licorice and plums.

Palate: A sensual mouthfeel, with great structure supported by soft and elegant tannins accompanied by subtle acidity. The increased presence of Malbec in the blend guarantees an excellent balance between the Cabernet Sauvignon's structure and Malbec's freshness.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2005 Cheval des Andes is made up of 60% Malbec, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot. Purple-colored, it exhibits a complex bouquet of wood smoke, scorched earth, violets, black cherry, and blackberry liqueur. On the palate it is remarkably elegant with a velvety texture, superb depth, savory flavors, ripe tannin, and 5-7 years of aging potential. Its drinking window will begin in 2014 and last through 2030 at the least."
94 Points

"Dark and inviting, with crushed plum, currant paste and warm fig sauce flavors backed with alluring cocoa and espresso notes. This has a very silky texture, with a long, suave finish. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2011."
92 Points

"Consistency in the wine world is a virtue, and Cheval covers the consistency issue with ease. Aromas of earth, mushroom, leather and so forth add an Old World touch to this New World Malbec-Cabernet blend. An interesting wine that grabs and holds your attention."
92 Points

"Full medium ruby. Dark cherry syrup, licorice, graphite, minerals and a whiff of exotic flowers on the nose. Deep, dense and rather backward, but with lovely floral lift and minerality giving energy to the dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with suave tannins and sneaky sweetness. A worthy successor to the excellent 2004. But I must note that three other bottles were distinctly peppery and herbal and far less impressive, so proceed with care on this item. "
91 Points

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full flavored red that is easy and pleasurable to drink but needs aeration
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