We are down to the last bottles of one of the greatest wines we have ever tasted from Argentina. The 2019 Cheval des Andes has Bordeaux-like refinement that many other Malbec wines do not possess, rivaling bottles nearly three times the price. This has very much become Cheval Blanc meets Argentina and is truly one of the most exceptional wines being made in the Southern Hemisphere.
The fourth and most impressive vintage of this wine we have worked with, made by the same extraordinary team at Cheval Blanc in Bordeaux, Cheval des Andes, has been honing in this terroir, and every vintage so far has been better than the last. In this project's early days, the Cheval Blanc team made the wine but did not control the vineyards purchasing grapes that went into previous vintages. Today they are only using 100% estate fruit, converting to organic farming, and cutting yields which is why the quality has skyrocketed these past few years. The wines see a long cold fermentation using only native yeasts and about 40% new oak in several different sizes and varieties of barrels, including several 400 liters, with each plot vinified separately. Omitting the Petit Verdot used in previous vintages, 2019 is a 50-50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Ripe yet restrained and powerful yet elegant, Cheval des Andes has become one of the best wines in Argentina and the Southern Hemisphere in just a few years. This is a world-class example, and 2019 looks to be the greatest yet fueled by another excellent vintage in Mendoza. Tim Atkin notes below that it is a wine that flirts with a perfect 100. A classic and structured wine that will age as long as some of the top Bordeaux examples, and those with patience will be greatly rewarded. Excellent notes across the board; this is one of the wines of the vintage for the Southern Hemisphere, and we have excellent pricing on a few cases arriving later this week.
Tim Atkin MW 99 points! "Cheval des Andes continues its steady ascent towards the summit of the very best and most sought-after New World reds. I tasted this wine over the space of a day and was very close to giving it 100 points. Made from an equal blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, it combines fruit from Las Compuertas and Paraje Altamira to brilliant effect. Aged in 50% new barrels and foudres, it’s effortlessly complex and detailed, with refined tannins, graphite and cut grass aromas, cassis and bramble flavours and remarkable palate length. 2025-2040. (2022)"
Wine Advocate (Luis Gutierrez) 98 points! "The 2019 Cheval des Andes had a more reductive vinification and élevage, making the wine a bit shy and in need of time to open up, as one of their objectives was to make it more age-worthy. Another objective is to get to a 50/50 blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, which they achieved in this vintage for the first time, going back to the initial character of the wine that was the idea of Argentinean winemaker Roberto de la Mota... The wine is... ripe without excess, with around 14.2% alcohol, mellow acidity and velvety tannins... It's tasty and supple and has the ingredients and the balance for what they are aiming for... The way they want to describe the wine is the Argentinean expression of Cheval Blanc. And I can only agree. Drink: 2023-2035. (8/31/22)"
Vinous (Joaquin Hidalgo) 97 points! "The 2019 Cheval des Andes is a 50/50 blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon from Las Compuertas and Paraje Altamira, Mendoza. The 2019 was 40% aged in 225-liter barrels, 40% in 500-liter barrels and 20% in foudres. It’s red with violet flecks in the glass. It has a fresh nose of plum and blackcurrant accompanied by hints of white pepper, mint and violets over a bed of cedar and sandalwood. On the palate, the feel is finely grained with a leaner, more agile flow than in previous years, while the freshness brings plenty of energy before the lengthy finish of fruit and country herb aromas. Drink: 2024-2035. (Nov 2021)”
James Suckling 97 points "A refined but spicy Cheval, showing charcoal, blueberries, wild herbs, lavender and hints of bacon and cedar. Medium to full body with extremely fine tannins that get dialed into the fruit with violet, spices and sweet blue fruit at the end. Long and subtle. Drink or hold. (8/9/22)"