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2016 Terrazas de Los Andes Cheval des Andes

I just got done doing a vertical tasting with the wine director of Chateau des Andes and was super impressed with 2016. Gerald Gabillet, the ex-viniculture director of Chateau Angelus, has been the estate manager at Cheval des Andes for a couple of years now and conducted the tasting. In the early days of this project, the team from Cheval Blanc just made the wine but did not control the vineyard. They also bought some purchased grapes that went into this wine before the 2016 vintage. They are now only using 100% estate fruit, the vines are now being converted to organic farming, and yields have been cut in half. The wines see a long cold fermentation using only native yeasts and about 40% new oak in several different sized barrels, including several 400 liters. The wine comes in at 13.9% alcohol, which is low for wines from Argentina and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. The 2016 vintage was an El Nino vintage in Argentina, and the Cheval Blanc crew, now working the vineyards, knew how to deal with wet weather. It’s done by canopy management, green harvest, and working the vineyards with natural agents to prevent disease. The result is that 2016 is extraordinary. Its comprised of 58% Malbec, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine has impressive elegance, balance, complexity, and refinement like a great Cheval Blanc. It’s the best wine I have ever tasted from South America, where the wines can be significant and clucky. Simply put, a brilliant bottle that will be approachable young yet should age for two decades or more. This wine must be tried to be genuinely appreciated!

James Suckling 99 pts! 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.

Wine Advocate (Luis Gutiérrez) 97+ pts! 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.

2016 Terrazas de Los Andes Cheval des Andes

2016 Terrazas de Los Andes Cheval des Andes

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$74.99

I just got done doing a vertical tasting with the wine director of Chateau des Andes and was super impressed with 2016. Gerald Gabillet, the ex-viniculture director of Chateau Angelus, has been the estate manager at Cheval des Andes for a couple of years now and conducted the tasting. In the early days of this project, the team from Cheval Blanc just made the wine but did not control the vineyard. They also bought some purchased grapes that went into this wine before the 2016 vintage. They are now only using 100% estate fruit, the vines are now being converted to organic farming, and yields have been cut in half. The wines see a long cold fermentation using only native yeasts and about 40% new oak in several different sized barrels, including several 400 liters. The wine comes in at 13.9% alcohol, which is low for wines from Argentina and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. The 2016 vintage was an El Nino vintage in Argentina, and the Cheval Blanc crew, now working the vineyards, knew how to deal with wet weather. It’s done by canopy management, green harvest, and working the vineyards with natural agents to prevent disease. The result is that 2016 is extraordinary. Its comprised of 58% Malbec, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine has impressive elegance, balance, complexity, and refinement like a great Cheval Blanc. It’s the best wine I have ever tasted from South America, where the wines can be significant and clucky. Simply put, a brilliant bottle that will be approachable young yet should age for two decades or more. This wine must be tried to be genuinely appreciated!

James Suckling 99 pts! 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.

Wine Advocate (Luis Gutiérrez) 97+ pts! 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.