2011 Cheval des Andes
Mendoza, Argentina

93 WS; 94 WA

2011 Cheval des Andes


as part of a mixed case.

10+ bottles available.

Technical Notes
"The joint venture between Cheval Blanc and Terrazas de los Andes, notably the first and only one ever for Cheval Blanc, originated as Pierre Lurton, Cheval Blanc's Director, sought out a special terroir outside France in which to apply the deep and historical knowledge of blending.Lurton was captivated by the idea of unearthing a connection with Saint Emilion's past, as he found 76-year-old pre-phylloxera Malbec vines, producing some of the world's best wines. From ungrafted 76-year old vines, two full plants per bottle. Aged 18 months in 100% French oak. 13.5% alc."
Wine Spectator
"93 pts ... A ripe, balanced and powerful red, with elegant flavors of roasted plum, dark cherry and Asian spice. Plush and juicy midpalate, featuring a finish filled with creamy dark chocolate notes. Very refined. Drink now through 2019."

Wine Advocate
"94 pts ... The 2011 Cheval des Andes is at the same time riper but also has higher acidity than 2010 and is a slightly more powerful version of 2010. The palate has very good volume while keeping the freshness. They also reduced the toast from the barrels and improved the quality of the barrels they use (45% new oak was used in 2011). The final blend of 2011 was 71% Malbec, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot. There is red and black fruit plus minty notes on the nose. The palate has density, acidity and good fruit sweetness (but not sweet). The acidity is very precise, the tannins are ripe and sweet, it seems to have the ingredients for a long and nice aging in the bottle. It had the best palate of the trio of vintages I tasted together, 2010, 2011 and 2012. 2011 was a short vintage, so there are no rules. They selected the grapes and whatever volume they produce that's what it is. In this vintage, they finally bottled 45,000 bottles. It's not easy to decide between 2010 and 2011, as both are great vintages."