2012 Cuvelier los Andes
|Grapes||Malbec, Cab Sauv, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Syrah|
Although always dominated by Malbec, the blend here changes slightly each vintage. In 2012 it is made up of 64% Malbec; 11% Merlot; 15% Cabernet Sauvignon; 6% Syrah and 4% Petit Verdot 60% of which is aged for a year 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: 2014 - 2021 Rating: 91 L&S (Mar 2016)
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Full bright ruby. Pungent, ripe aromas of black raspberry, dark chocolate, licorice, dried flowers and game. At once smooth and vibrant on the palate, with firm acidity framing the dark berry, spice and smoked meat flavors. The Syrah gaminess and slightly tough Petit Verdot tannins are coming through loud and clear in the early going. With its energy and spine of tannins and acids, this wine should repay patience. But it's very primary today. Drinking range: 2018 - 2023 Rating: 89+ Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com(Mar 2016)
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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