Cheval des Andes 2018 (6x75cl)

Cheval des Andes 2018 (6x75cl)

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The prestigious partnership between Bordeaux's Château Cheval Blanc and Argentina's Terraza de Los Andes, a leap in consistency and quality from 2012, largely attributable to the arrival of Gérald Gabillet, formerly of Château Angélus, and ex-Château Palmer technical director Lorenzo Pasquini, catapulted Cheval des Andes into the global fine wine stratosphere. Without a doubt, they have executed their mission of making classic Bordeaux classed growth quality wine in high-altitude Mendoza.

A release that "will be a great wine indeed" in the eyes of James Suckling, the Cheval des Andes 2018 was last vintage made by Lorenzo Pasquini before he joined Château d'Yquem. With less Cabernet Sauvignon than has traditionally been in the blend but it very much "still pulls its weight" in the eyes of Anson. A "plush" Cheval, the "depth and richness are impressive" (JS) with gorgeous notes of black cherry, blueberry, black cherry, chocolate, liquorice, rosemary and black pepper spice. While it is "very long and structured" it still remains "controlled and in balance" (JS), and clearly has the ageing capability of a top Bordeaux with Anson giving it a drinking window up to 2042.
98 James Suckling  
98 Wine Advocate  
95 Jane Anson  
Details
  • Year 2018
  • Colour Red
  • Country Argentina
  • Region Mendoza
  • Sub Region NA
  • Designation
  • Classification
  • Pack Size 6x75cl
  • ABV 14.5°
  • Drinking Window 2026 - 2042
  • Drinking Recommendation Not Ready
  • LWIN 108323320180600750
Reviews (3)
98 James Suckling  
98 Wine Advocate  
95 Jane Anson  
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Cheval des Andes

Cheval des Andes has been destined to be a star since its conception in 1999. A prestigious international partnership between two LVMH estates – Château Cheval Blanc and Terraza de Los Andes, this project encompasses 50ha of vineyards found in the Andes foothills, in which Jane Anson of Decanter referred to as the “New World Grand Cru”. These “Grand Cru” sites, perched at an elevated 1.1km above sea level, produce fruit of refreshing acidity, capturing the nuances of the Andes mountains.

Since 2012, the leap in consistency and quality is particularly evident. And it is largely attributable to the arrival of French viticulturist Gérald Gabillet and ex-Château Palmer technical director Lorenzo Pasquini. This new team has introduced modifications to the irrigation system and the use of oak, shifting the style of the wine more closely to that of Cheval Blanc.

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