Cheval des Andes, Cheval Blanc/Terrazas de los Andes 2016

RegionArgentina
SubregionArgentina
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

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.

Score: 99James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (228), March 2019

The new vintage to be released in September 2019 is the 2016 Cheval des Andes, which was cropped from a completely unusual year—cooler than the average and with an exceptional amount of rain (around 600 liters), yet the wine has achieved exceptional freshness. It's 13.9% alcohol, and there's more red fruit on the nose, which is subtle and elegant, a little closed at first, shy and subtle. They have done great adjustments in the élevage, with the wine matured in 30% to 40% 400-liter barrels and only some 40% new wood. It's 58% Malbec (approximately 50/50 from Luján and Valle de Uco, where they have 15 hectares in Altamira), 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. This has less structure than the 2015, but there's more tension; this is a wine that should develop beautifully in bottle. This is a vintage of precision and with great aging potential. I think this wine is the most elegant produced so far. Bravo! 64,000 bottles produced. 2020-2036

Score: 97+Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (244), August 2019

Deep ruby purple in the glass, with a smoky, slightly reductive nose of blueberry fruits. Clean and vibrant on the palate, bright red fruits and fleshy black cherries offer a clean and primary intensity. The tannins are very well refined, giving the wine a glossy texture. Fresh and lively through to the finish, this is lithe, peppery and pure. Drink from 2020 onwards.

Score: 17Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, July 2019

Bright, dark red-ruby. Wild, musky scents and flavors of black raspberry, black pepper, olive tapenade, licorice and rocky salinity. Plush, savory and seamless; a mouthcoating Malbec-based blend with superb depth and palate presence. As concentrated as this wine is, it's medium-bodied in the style of this cooler year but also remarkably nuanced and harmonious from the start, communicating an impression of restrained sweetness. Finishes extremely long and edge-free, with noble tannins and palate-saturating breadth. Incidentally, with this 2016, Cheval des Andes is now made entirely with estate fruit, from their properties in La Compuertas and Altamira. (aged in 70% new oak). 2020-2033

Score: 95Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, September 2019

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