Pierre Lurton, President of the legendary St Emilion estate Château Cheval Blanc, first found himself on the sloping hills of the Andes in the 90’s. He was captivated by the quality of Malbec wine that was being produced here and was fascinated by the grape that once dominated the Saint Emilion and Pomerol regions. He wanted to make the connection between the grape and the terroir, so founded Cheval des Andes in collaboration withTerrazas de los Andes.
Cheval des Andes wines are a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc grapes from the high elevation, old vine vineyard "Las Compuertas" near Mendoza. The soil is sandy-loam with a high stone content and good drainage, which encourages deep root growth and ensures greater balance and durability. Warm daytime temperatures followed by fresh crisp nights allow for grapes to reach optimum ripeness whilst preserving acidity.
In addition to amazing growing conditions, the winemakers have one purpose, to make Cheval des Andes the Argentinian expression of Château Cheval Blanc. Through the art of assemblage they work carefully to bring out the most elegant and refined expression of the grape varieties making it the ‘Grand Cru of the Andes’.
"The purity of fruit is so impressive here with floral, dark fruit and strawberry. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a focus and beauty that make you think. So long and beautiful. All about purity here."James Suckling
“Best of two worlds: a combination of the intensity of Argentinian fruit but dressed in a very elegant way with that French style”. Nicolas Audebert, Decanter Magazine