Cheval des Andes 2016 Argentina

Cheval des Andes is a venture of one of the most prestigious Chateaus of Bordeaux, Cheval Blanc, and the best vineyards of Terrazas de Los Andes in Mendoza Argentina. The result is a Grand Cru Malbec from the Andes!

Each year winery is producing better wines and this latest vintage of 2016 is the best so far. This is an utterly delicious, powerful, concentrated, elegant and incredibly complex wine that will delight for years to come. 

Drink 2020 - 2035

** En-primeur - wines will arrive in December 2019 **

 

Details

Type: Red Style: Rich and intense Region/Appellation: Mendoza Alcohol Content: 15% Producer: Cheval des Andes Grape: 58% Malbec, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot Country: Argentina Vintage: 2016 Allergens: Contains Sulfite Content: 0,75 litre

(€116 / litre)


AWARDS AND REVIEWS

99 points, James Suckling
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
97+ points Wine Advocate
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. —by Luis Gutiérrez
97 points Tim Atkin
The percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (37%) is one of the highest ever at Cheval, blended with Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot in this cool and most European of vintages. The result is a wonderfully harmonious wine that may be the best release yet from this French-owned bodega’s own grapes. Superb.