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Cheval des Andes 2007

Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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Winemaker Notes

The discovery of Cheval de Andes defies tasting terms. The Bordeaux-style blending of this "Grand Cru" from the other side of the world expresses, in turn, finesse and exoticism, power and freshness, elegance and authenticity. Its prestigious tutors have guaranteed its powers of seduction. It is a wine that follows no fashion.

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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
This tight, compact red displays cassis, linzer torte and macerated black cherry notes, backed by fine tannins and juicy acidity, as the finish lingers with hints of tobacco, spice and leather. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2012 through 2015. 1,000 cases imported.
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Cheval des Andes

Cheval des Andes

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Cheval des Andes, Mendoza, Argentina
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Cheval des Andes is a unique wine born of generations of passion and savoir-faire, the Argentinian expression of Chateau Cheval Blanc. Renewing the legendary Bordeaux art of assemblage, which it was the first to apply to the high-altitude terroirs for Terrazas de los Andes, it reaches out to those who value tradition, exploration and discovery in equal measure.

Cheval des Andes produces its grapes entirely in two wholly-owned, high-elevation vineyards: Las Compuertas, our jewel vineyard in Luján de Cuyo, the most prestigious winegrowing region of Mendoza, and La Consulta, in the promising region of Valle de Uco, further South.

Reflecting the Cheval des Andes philosophy of precision viticulture, the vineyards are planted in small parcels with the five grape varieties that may, depending on the vintage, be used to blend Cheval des Andes: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

Refined and elegant, bold and vigorous Cheval des Andes is the Grand Cru of the Andes. The exhilarating blend of an illustrious past and inspiring future.

By far the largest and best-known winemaking province in Argentina, Mendoza is responsible for over 70% of the country’s enological output. Set in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the climate is dry and continental, presenting relatively few challenges for viticulturists during the growing season. Mendoza, divided into several distinctive sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, is the source of some of the country’s finest wines.

For many wine lovers, Mendoza is practically synonymous with Malbec. Originally a Bordelaise variety brought to Argentina by the French in the mid-1800s, here it found success and renown that it never knew in its homeland where a finicky climate gives mixed results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir are all widely planted here as well (and sometimes even blended with each other or Malbec). Mendoza's main white varieties include Chardonnay, Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.

Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux lean towards a highly structured and earthy style whereas New World areas (as in the ones named above) tend to produce bold and fruit-forward blends. Either way, Bordeaux red blends generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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