Cheval des Andes

  • The joint venture between Cheval Blanc and Terrazas de Los Andes, notably the first ever for Cheval Blanc, originated as Director Pierre Lurton sought out a special international terroir in which to apply the storied blending heritage of the French château. Lurton was intrigued by the notion of unearthing a connection with the Saint Émilion past: Malbec, decimated by phylloxera in the 1860s from its position as one of the most important varieties in Saint Émilion and Pomerol, had since been reincarnated and ungrafted form in Argentina, producing some of the world’s best Malbecs in recent years.

    Along with the Malbec renaissance in Argentina emerged an ambitious vision to forge a new path in international winemaking. Cheval Blanc’s reconnection with its past was consummated in 1999 as Pierre Lurton visited a select parcel of the most treasured high elevation terroir in Argentina: the 77 year old Las Compuertas Vineyard owned by Terrazas de Los Andes, found in Vistalba, Mendoza.

    An intriguing blend of talents and outcomes with important ageing potential as a collector’s wine, Cheval des Andes is a New World Grand Cru distinguished for its refined subtlety and balance, complexity and elegance. A wine crafted to “fit in the spirit of Cheval Blanc”, yet displaying the characteristic fruit intensity of its Argentine roots, Cheval des Andes is a masterful expression of two winemaking cultures.

    The Blend
    Cheval des Andes wines are a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the "Las Compuertas" vineyards near Mendoza, in the Cordilleras, or foothills, of the Andes. The Malbec vines have never been grafted.

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  • You can learn more about the terroir of our vineyards and the vintages of this "New World Grand Cru" at our website.
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