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Cheval des Andes 2013

RegionArgentina
SubregionArgentina
ColourRed
TypeStill
Grape VarietyMalbec/Cabernet Sauvignon

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Argentina2013Cheval des AndesMG2 \ 012720.00696 LG128096.0096.00Cheval des Andes, Cheval Blanc/Los A1.510
Argentina2013Cheval des Andes

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MG2 \ 012720.00696 LG128096.0096.00Cheval des Andes, Cheval Blanc/Los A1.510
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Tasting Notes

At Cheval des Andes they consider 2013 as a warm vintage, because even if the winter saw average temperatures, the spring and summer were warmer than normal. The 2013 Cheval des Andes came up to 67% Malbec, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot mostly from their vineyards at Las Compuertas at some 1,1000 meters altitude and some fruit from their 15 hectares at La Consulta in the Valle de Uco, that they use when they don't find it too ripe. Even if they tend to pick early, the bottled wine is a ripe and heady blend hitting the scale at 15% alcohol fermented relatively warm (28 degrees Celsius) for some 25 days. After malolactic in tank, all different lots go into barrel and they try to make the blend as soon as possible, usually during the first winter so the wine ages together for some 15 to 18 months in French oak barriques. They have reduced the amount of new wood used (only 30%) to avoid overwhelming the fruit with aromas but providing complexity and clarifying the wine naturally. From this vintage onward they have been able to not acidify the wine, as they changed their approach to viticulture, and they are now able to burn the green notes and harvest early, with natural acidity and lower alcohol. The key to this is to get something like 30-35 hectoliters per hectare. I think this is absolutely the right approach, and this change started in 2010--with 100% estate fruit, no oenological products used, fresh maturity without greenness through lower yields. In 2013, they consider they have achieved what they want, but kept improving in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The 2014 had just been bottled and I didn't have the chance to taste it, but they told me they prefer 2014 to 2013. If that is the case, 2014 should be mind-blowing, because 2013 is simply superb. Drink Date 2016 - 2023

96
Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (228), December 2016

Bright crimson with a pink rim. So much in the line of continuing sophistication that it’s almost timid! Not too charred. Quite savoury and tobacco-leaf-like. Acidity is most obvious of the 2010-2013 range. 2017 - 2025

17
Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2015
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