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The wine of Cheval des Andes combines the vibrant and intense expression of Argentinian Malbec with the rigour, elegance and savoir-faire of a great Bordeaux.
It is a unique blend of Malbec grapes and Bordeaux varietals – an ensemble with the exuberance of Malbec balanced by the temperance of Cabernet Sauvignon, completed with hints of Petit Verdot.
The vision of Cheval des Andes is to bring Château Cheval Blanc’s winemaking philosophy – which focusses on cellaring potential and elegance – to Argentina. Cheval des Andes makes wines that age gracefully and “travel through the decades,” according to Pierre Lurton, President of Château Cheval Blanc and Cheval des Andes.
These wines are elegant, meaning they are the most refined expression of the terroir of Mendoza. On the nose, they are complex rather than intense and on the palate, they are balanced rather than powerful.
The 2013 harvest was one of the most important in recent decades in terms of quantity and quality, with only one climatic risk factor. As the season was characterized by a number of hot days with temperatures over 30°C, the challenge was to avoid over-ripeness, which results in excessive concentration in the grapes. In order to maintain the natural balance and freshness typical of Cheval des Andes, the decision of when to harvest was key. This wine achieves an aromatic balance between red fruits and spices.