2014 Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Malbec
Cuvelier Los Andes is owned by Bertrand and Jean-Guy Cuvelier, part-owners of renowned Bordeaux Chateau Leoville-Poyferre in Saint Julien. The estate is located in the Uco Valley at the foothills of the Andes and encompasses 115 acres of still young vines. The consulting winemaker is Michel Rolland.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Paul Cuvelier and his young brother Albert, anticipating the inevitable rise in “Chateau-bottled wines” to the detriment of the “tailor-made” blends of the wine merchants, decided to purchase top quality estates in the Bordeaux area. They bought Chateau Le Crock in 1903, then Chateau Camensac in 1912 and finally the prestigious Chateau Leoville Poyferre in 1920. It is interesting to note that, in early 1914, Paul Cuvelier had already come to Argentina, to discover the wines of Mendoza.
In 1998 Bertrand Cuvelier made the happy choice of personally accompanying Michel Rolland in his great Argentine project, which was to become the Clos de los Siete group. Three years later, Jean-Guy Cuvelier decided to join his cousin Bertrand in the joint aim of building a winery and producing fine wines worthy of the family tradition.
Tasting note: great intensity of color. A very young and elegant violet-red, typical of the varietal. Excellent varietal characteristics whichinclude aromas of sweet ripe plums, marmalade and dulce de leche. Very inviting. Very nice first mouth: full, juicy and meaty. Excellent roundness with a taste typical of the varietal. A robust, mature wine with a long finish.
“95 points.” – Tim Atkin
“This is a tannic and powerful red with a linear backbone and blue fruits. Full to medium body, a racy backbone and a long, intense finish. Shows focus and muscle. Leave for two or three years.” – James Suckling