|Grapes||Petit Verdot, Syrah, Merlot, Syrah, Cab Sauv, Malbec|
Blend of Malbec, with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 5% each of Syrah and Petit Verdot, 60% of which is aged eleven months in French oak barrels, of which 50% are new. Thick and richly textured with voluminous fruit yet very drinkable and cool on the finish. The touch of the Cuveliers (owners of Léoville Poyferré) is there in the elegance and supple dryness. Drinking range: 2013 - 2020 L&S (Jul 2014)
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Malbec leads this wonderfully balanced and juicy blend delivering world class poise with a spicy flourish. (One of Olly's Pick of the Bunch.)Olly Smith, The Mail on Sunday (Dec 2014)
I often find the Cuvelier de los Andes wines to be the most European of those produced at Clos de los Siete. This blend of Malbec with Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot is supple and spicy, with savoury, dried herbs notes, elegant oak integration and a mineral finish. No one seems to be trying too hard to make a statement wine here. Drink: 2014-19 Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2014)
Cuvelier los Andes
The Cuvelier family were selling wines to the good folk of Northern France in the early years on the nineteenth Century. In 1903, with the purchase of the St Estèphe estate of Château le Crock, they moved into château ownership, crowning their move in 1920 by buying Château Leoville Poyferré. In the 1990s the family spread their wings all the way to Mendoza, initially working with Michel Rolland on his Clos de la Siete project. But, in 1999, they started to plant their own vineyards - Cuvelier los Andes - and began producing wine in 2003. Michel Rolland dutifully oversees winemaking, and spare grapes are still sold off to Clos de la Siete.
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