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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+ Points
62% Malbec and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon. A vintage of extreme temperatures, with a cold spring bringing frost followed by a summer that recorded 39 °C in the vineyard on 27 January – with temperatures still 27.8 °C at midnight. This is the highest night-time temperature recorded here in 100 years. Thankfully, temperatures cooled and harvest could take place slowly as the fruit ripened.
Deep ruby-purple in the glass. Intense and expansive black fruit and spices on the nose, with a hint of black olive and violet. The palate follows, with blueberry, violet and dried herbs. The fruit is sweet but not aggressive, framed by mouth-coating but supremely refined tannins. Focused and elegant as the structure and acidity build through the mid palate, this has impressive restraint. I expect this to become even more impressive after 5 years in bottle, though you could drink it sooner
- Jancis Robinson 17.5+ Points
We offer clients to store their wines in London City Bond Tilbury. The wines are stored in Private Reserves under your own account name and can only be moved with the written consent of the account holder. The wines are fully insured at full replacement value.
- Own account name and account number.
- Stock list available showing rotation numbers of stock and cost value.
- Market valuations provided.
- Stored in perfect conditions for wine.
- 12 bottle case (9 litres) is only £15.00 per year
- 6 bottle case (4.5 litres) is only £7.50 per year
- Bottles charged at 6 bottle rate of £7.50 per year
Standard UK Delivery from and by London City Bond (2 to 3 days) - Usually £15 (may vary dependent on postcode)
In Bond transfers can be done to all Custom & Excise Bonded Warehouses in the UK.
Transfer costs are in the region of £15.
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