Cheval des Andes, the Grand Cru of the Andes, Celebrates Launch of its Latest Release at Château Cheval Blanc
On June 20th, 77 guests among international wine merchants, sommeliers and media were invited at Château Cheval Blanc to discover Cheval des Andes, the Grand Cru of the Andes, and to taste its latest release: the 2013 vintage. Cheval des Andes is the perfect alliance between Cheval Blanc, renowned for its skill and savoir-faire in the art of blending, and Terrazas de los Andes, with one of the best Argentine high-altitude terroirs and expertise in Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
Hosted by Pierre Lurton, President of Château Cheval Blanc, and Lorenzo Pasquini, Technical Manager & Winemaker of Cheval des Andes, guests were taken to a cellar tour and immersed in the Argentinian culture and landscapes while being at the very heart of Château Cheval Blanc, in Saint Emilion.
The prized vineyard of Las Compuertas, home of Cheval des Andes in Mendoza, was reflected in staggered mirrors, installed in Château Cheval Blanc cellars and vineyard’s surroundings, symbolically illustrating the fusion of the two cultures from which Cheval des Andes was born.
A dinner followed in this spectacular setting. The Petit Cheval Blanc 2014 was served with the starter. The delicate and fresh aromas of the Cheval des Andes 2013, unveiled that evening, that followed paired perfectly with the Suckling Pig & Corn Cream. Lorenzo Pasquini described the Cheval des Andes 2013 as “a wine reflecting the generosity coming from the warm climate of the vintage while revealing the elegance, the freshness and the finesse that has been characterizing the style of Cheval des Andes in the past vintages.” The guests then enjoyed the Cheval des Andes 2008 over Truffled Pecorino before concluding this superb dinner with the Cheval Blanc 2006.
About Cheval des Andes
Cheval des Andes is born from the fusion of Cheval Blanc, renowned for its skill and savoir-faire in the art of blending, and Terrazas de los Andes, with one of the best Argentine high-altitude terroirs, and expertise in Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The association was initiated at the end of the 1990s, when Cheval Blanc sought out a special international terroir in which to apply its storied blending heritage. Underlying the initiative was the idea of unearthing a connection with the history of Saint-Emilion: Malbec, once one of the most important grape varieties in Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, had been decimated by phylloxera in the 1860s, but since reborn in non-grafted form in Argentina. Along with the Malbec renaissance in Argentina, there emerged an ambitious vision to forge a new path in international winemaking. Château Cheval Blanc’s reconnection with its past was consummated in 1999 by selecting a parcel of the one of the most treasured high-elevation terroirs in Argentina: Terrazas de los Andes’ 1929 Las Compuertas vineyard in the foothills of the Andes.