The inspiration for Cheval des Andes came from the dream of founder Pierre Lurton to follow the original Malbec vines from Bordeaux to Argentina.
Years ago, Malbec was widely cultivated in Bordeaux and was brought to Argentina in the mid-19th century, only decades before the grape would be decimated in France by a phylloxera epidemic. Today, the only Malbec that exists in Bordeaux has grafted roots, which make it more resistant but also alter its quality. The vines which travelled to the New World over a century ago are ungrafted.
When Pierre Lurton discovered the stunning Malbec vineyard of Las Compuertas, planted in Mendoza in 1929, he was immediately captivated, declaring, “This will be a journey to the roots of Bordeaux.” He wanted to bring yesterday’s Bordeaux wines back to life, reconnecting Château Cheval Blanc with the history of Saint-Emilion.
In 1999, Château Cheval Blanc started a joint venture with Terrazas de Los Andes and Cheval des Andes was born. Since then, a predominantly Malbec, Bordeaux-style blend has become the signature of Cheval des Andes.
This wine of unique complexity comes from two vineyards with different altitude, topography and soils: Las Compuertas (1,070 meters above sea level), a 32-hectare vineyard with old Malbec vine planted on its own roots in 1929, alongside Cabernet Sauvignon; and in La Consulta, the Altamira vineyard - 14 hectares of Malbec planted in 1945 at 1,150 meters above sea level, benefiting from a cooler climate than in the North.
Notes and Reviews
— James Suckling (99)
Super refined and beautiful with flowers, spices, dried fruit and hints of stones. Medium to full body with very fine tannins and a gorgeous finish. Shows great finesse and depth. Savory character, as always, but in check. Drink In 2022.
|Grape Varieties||Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot|
|Age of Vines||20 years old|
|Vinification||Hand-picked, fermentation in concrete tanks. First assemblage is done after MLF then racked into barrels.|
|Elevage||14-month aging in French oak (2/3 in 225-litre barrel, 1/3 in larger 400-liter barrels),70% new|
|Soil Type||Las Compuertas lies on gentle slopes at an altitude of 1,070 meters (3,500 feet). It has alluvial, deep silty-loam soils composed of: sand (36%), limestone (48%) and clay (16%) La Consulta is located at an altitude of 1,100 meters (3,600 feet). It is char|