Cheval des Andes Cheval des Andes 2017 Bottle size: 750ml

Argentina, Mendoza
R2,350
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The Argentinian 100-pointer, Terrazas Cheval de Los Andes 2017, encapsulates high-altitude Malbec from Mendoza. Called ‘greatest Cheval des Andes ever’ by James Suckling and ‘best young vintage of Cheval des Andes that I’ve tasted’ by Tim Atkin – this wine has surpassed all expectations and promises greatness.
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We are incredibly excited to offer you the new vintage of one of Argentina’s finest wines - Cheval des Andes 2017. ‘This is the best young vintage of Cheval des Andes that I’ve tasted,’ writes Tim Atkin in his most recent Argentina Report.

Building on the success of the highly rated 2016, the Cheval des Andes 2017 surpassed all expectations. A world class blend of 62% Malbec and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon (highest % to date), this wine offers the most balanced and refined expression of Mendoza’s prestigious terroir to date. ‘This bodega has finally and fully hit its stride,’ opines Tim Atkin. 2017 has less ripeness than the 2015 but more density than the 2016 with Wine Advocate calling the texture ‘velvety, precise and harmonious’.

Tasting notes:
‘This is the greatest Cheval des Andes ever. The integration of fruit, tannins and acidity is fantastic. Full-bodied, tight and solid with beautiful depth and integrity. Extremely long and exciting. Complex and compelling. Available in September 2020. Better after 2024.’ – James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, 100/100

‘This is the best young vintage of Cheval des Andes that I’ve tasted, demonstrating that this LVMH-owned bodega has finally and fully hit its stride under winemaker Gérald Gabillet. Made from a deftly integrated blend of Malbec and (the highest yet) 38% Cabernet Sauvignon but no Petit Verdot, this stylishly wooded red doesn’t show the heat of the vintage in the slightest. Subtle, balanced and polished, with fine tannins, scented cassis, blackberry and fresh green herb flavours and incredible palate length. World class. Drink 2022-32.’ – Tim Atkin MW, 98/100

‘This is clearly the darkest of the trio of vintages I tasted together here—2015, 2016 and 2017—but all three have the elegant and powerful profile, the luxurious and creamy character found in the best Bordeaux wines in the last few years, wines of power with precision, concentration, energy and finesse. This seems to combine the clout of the 2015 and the freshness of the 2016 and feels something in between those two vintages. Their work in the vineyard toward the maturity of the tannins meant the challenge in 2017 was to not let the grapes ripen too fast and too early. The work is different for Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, to get round tannins in Cabernet and get some tension in Malbec, the contrary of the normal tendency of the varieties. 2017 has less ripeness than the 2015 but more density than the 2016. The texture is velvety, precise and harmonious. This year, they introduced a larger foudre for 10% of the wine, with the aim to reach 20%, so that volume is increasing every year. I think this is showing more precision, and in a more challenging year, they managed to keep the quality on par with 2016. Drink 2020 – 2034.’ – Luis Guttierez, Wine Advocate, 97+/100

‘The seventeenth vintage of Cheval des Andes, a wine that has undergone a model transformation. I recently tried the 2007, and it’s fascinating to trace the different stages of its evolution, all of which say something about the contemporary history of Argentine wine. To sum up, it started out with a French love of concentration and ripeness and ended up with an equally French love of equilibrium and local terroir. The 2017 is a new beginning in itself. A blend of Malbec with 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, it presents a bold nose of fresh fruit such as sweet and sour cherry with fleshy aromas and a touch of white pepper over a bold, woody backdrop. A fluid wine, slightly taut on the palate with medium structure, a delicate feel and active tannins well integrated into the terse texture, overall it is nuanced and full of flavor. Possesses a balance that respects the concentration of the vintage without ever letting it get out of hand. An Argentine wine made with more than a nod to French expertise. 2020-2032.’ – Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous, 95/100

‘Deep ruby-purple in the glass. Intense and expansive black fruit and spices on the nose, with a hint of black olive and violet. The palate follows, with blueberry, violet and dried herbs. The fruit is sweet but not aggressive, framed by mouth-coating but supremely refined tannins. Focused and elegant as the structure and acidity build through the mid palate, this has impressive restraint. I expect this to become even more impressive after 5 years in bottle, though you could drink it sooner. 2022-2034.’ – Tom Parker MW, JancisRobinson.com, 17.5+/20
More Information
Condition New
Alcohol 14%
Body Full-bodied
Blend information 62% Malbec and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Blend
Rating JS 100
Producer information Established in 1999, Cheval des Andes has inherited 200 years of expertise in the art of blending from Cheval Blanc, paired with the high-altitude terroir and local know-how of Terrazas de los Andes. Founded by Pierre Lurton, Cheval des Andes is often described as Argentina’s Grand Cru. Cheval des Andes has 50 hectares of vineyards each of which differ in altitude, topography and soil composition.
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