2017 Cheval des Andes

Latest release from Cheval Blanc’s Argentine winery

“Velvety, precise and harmonious”

100 POINTS – JAMES SUCKLING

Today sees one of the most exciting wines to be released from La Place this September – the 100-point Cheval des Andes. James Suckling has declared it “the greatest Cheval des Andes ever” and – having tasted the wine last week – we wholeheartedly agree.

We have been closely following the notable progress that has been made at this estate over the last five years since Bordeaux native Gérald Gabillet took over as winemaker, and started working much more closely with the team at sister domaine Château Cheval Blanc, advising on both vineyard and winemaking techniques.

 While the 2015 and 2016 were beautiful wines in their own right, the 2017 really shows the potential of these ungrafted, old Malbec clones. Blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, the assemblage recreates the great pre-phylloxera wines of Bordeaux.

 The wine has tremendous purity of fruit, seamless tannins and a breathtaking freshness, making it effortless to taste. It is extraordinary.

2017 Cheval des Andes

Cheval Blanc/Terrazas de los Andes

Argentina
Red
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“This is the greatest Cheval des Andes ever. Discrete aromas of blackberries, flowers, stone and licorice. So perfumed. 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 with such refinement and length. A blend of 62% malbec and 38% cabernet sauvignon. Available in September 2020. Better after 2024.”

100 POINTS – JAMES SUCKLING

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