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

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

Floral and delicate on the nose, with beautiful aromatics of cherry and plum and violets. The palate is structured and very fine, with plenty of energy and texture, and a focussed, saline finish. This is wonderfully balanced and elegant.

Critic score
98/100 info
From a client
3 available
From a client
3 available

Wine details

  • Region & country
    Mendoza, Cuyo, Argentina
  • Grape
    58% Malbec/Auxerrois
    37% Cabernet Sauvignon
    5% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Ready 2022 - 2035info
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)

Tasting notes

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.

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (August 2019)

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.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (July 2019)

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