The 2016 Cheval des Andes is the result of the union between Château Cheval Blanc, Premier Grand Cru Classé "A" of Saint Emilion in Bordeaux, and Terrazas de los Andes, a pioneer of cool-climate, high-altitude winemaking in Argentina. This "Grand Cru of the Andes" begins with a very intense aromatic expression of red fruit (cherry, wild strawberries) and spices, intensified by the freshness and complexity of the wine. On the palate, the balance of this wine is predominant with its supple and fresh attack, precise tannins, and elegant finish.
Varietal Composition: 58% Malbec, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Mendoza (Las Compuertas, La Consulta)
Aging: 14 months in French barriques and barrels, 70% new
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 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." -LG, 10/31/19
95 Points - Vinous
"Bright, dark red-ruby. Wild, musky scents and flavors of black raspberry, black pepper, olive tapenade, licorice and rocky salinity. Plush, savory and seamless; a mouthcoating Malbec-based blend with superb depth and palate presence. As concentrated as this wine is, it's medium-bodied in the style of this cooler year but also remarkably nuanced and harmonious from the start, communicating an impression of restrained sweetness. Finishes extremely long and edge-free, with noble tannins and palate-saturating breadth. Incidentally, with this 2016, Cheval des Andes is now made entirely with estate fruit, from their properties in La Compuertas and Altamira. (aged in 70% new oak)" -ST, Sep/2019