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Cheval des Andes 2010

Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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Winemaker Notes

This wine stands out for its aromatic complexity, showing a floral and fresh outline with lavender, geranium, basil and mint notes. At the same time, ripe plum notes, minerals such as graphite, and chocolate and anise tertiary aromas arise. A synthesis of the two previous harvests combining freshness and ripeness. Fine and lingering. Juiciness and fluency on the palate relate to an important Petit Verdot contribution to this blend. This is a balanced wine with elegant tannins and an aromatic finish, reminiscent of black cherries.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Cheval des Andes is produced with grapes grown at an old vineyard (planted in 1929) at Las Compuertas, in the Luján de Cuyo department of Mendoza plus grapes from La Consulta in the Uco Valley. The blend changes with each vintage and in 2010 they had very good Petit Verdot so the percentage of it is higher than ever. It's a blend of 60% Malbec and 20% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The wine shows great integration of the oak, with notes of blackcurrant and spices (black pepper), showing restraint and incipient elegance along with underbrush and hints of truffles. I think I've never seen such an elegant Cheval des Andes. The palate reveals very good balance between power and elegance with ripe, fine-grained tannins, good length and freshness. Stronger balsamic notes emerge with time in the glass. This is one of the finest vintages of Cheval des Andes, challenged maybe... by 2011! Keep an eye open for these two vintages. 60,000 bottles produced.
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James Suckling
This is very structured and powerful with lots of firm tannins that are polished and pretty. It's full-bodied, with blackberry, dark chocolate and hints of hazelnut. 50% malbec, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 20 petit verdot. Very Bordeaux. A wine for long-term aging but so beautiful now.
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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
The 2010 Cheval des Andes is an awesome collaboration between the Right Bank of Bordeaux and the best sites in Argentina. Very impressive and quite young now, I see an upside with a half-a-dozen years of bottle age. Yet paired with a well-marbled rib eye of beef, this one would perform super well now. Deep black fruit color; black fruit, some cassis and anise, sweet oak, quite rich and polished; medium to full bodied, fine raciness on the palate; dry, medium acidity, well balanced; lively currant flavors; long finish, youthful in the aftertaste. (Tasted: August 27, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
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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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