Cheval des Andes 2016
Matthias Hilse 97 Punkte
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The Wine Advocate
"I also tasted the 2015 and 2016 next to the newly released 2017 to give it some context and to see the evolution and changes implemented in the last few years. The 2016 Cheval des Andes is probably the freshest wine produced to date and the first vintage when they used 100% own grapes. Of the trio of vintages tasted together—2015, 2016 and 2017—this is the one with less alcohol and more freshness, and it remains a more austere expression, reflecting a cooler and wetter year that resulted in a less exuberant wine, a benchmark for freshness. I'm looking forward to 2018 to see where they go in the next cool vintage after this 2016... They produced 60,000 bottles and 2,400 magnums. It was bottled in December 2017.
Since 2012, the team of Cheval Blanc has been more and more involved in the technical management of Cheval des Andes and even more so nowadays with the arrival of Gérald Gabillet, a French viticulturist and winemaker who studied and trained in Bordeaux, as technical manager. He is fully dedicated to the project to translate the vision of Cheval Blanc on each detail from the vineyard management to vinification and aging. They are currently working very deeply in the irrigation management and changed all the younger vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec) from flood irrigation to drip irrigation. The objective is to achieve a better management of water and natural freshness (they have had a specialized consultant on irrigation since 2015) with ripe tannins and ZERO green notes. The aim is to irrigate as little as possible and be able to pick early but getting ripe grapes full of flavor, which is what they think brings the freshness and elegance they want in their wines. The focus in the last few years has been the vineyards to work with more precision, in things that can be seen but also other aspects, like pruning and massal selections and so on. The technical team from Cheval Blanc often travels to Mendoza, for example, to train the staff there on pruning and other things. In the winery, they have been working a lot on the balance between wood and wine in order to preserve the fruit expression. After several years of trials, they are now using a very high amount of bigger volumes (foudres of 400 and 2,500 liters), and they introduced an Austrian cooper to their barrel park. They only make one red from their 47 hectares of vineyards, 32 of them in Las Compuertas, Vistalba, and 15 in La Consulta, Altamira. They produce 80,000 bottles per vintage. 2017 started with a warm summer, but the freshness of March and April slowed things down, allowing them to achieve the freshness they are looking for. The wines seem to be more transparent to the conditions of the vintage, a result in the changes they have been implementing in the last few years"
Luis Gutiérrez 97+ Punkte
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