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2016 Cheval des Andes (750ml)
Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
6
B-21 Top Recommendation
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As President of Chateau Cheval Blanc – one of only four Saint-Emilion Chateaux ranked Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) – Pierre Lurton knows his way around the world's finest terroirs. He also knows the fine art of blending, the importance of each varietal and its specific plot – and he knows the long historical relevance of Argentinian Malbec and its ties to Bordeaux. So when he and his partners went searching for the ideal location for their New World venture, it didn't take long to reach a decision.

It was here, in the 1990s, that Pierre Lurton reconnected Cheval Blanc's historical past to its modern roots, securing Terrazas de los Andes' oldest single vineyard – the 80+-year-old Las Compuertas site – after tasting the Malbec it produced. This ancient, inhospitable site, with its high elevation had completely avoided the ravages of phylloxera, while Saint Emilion and Pomerol had been devastated by the root disease in the 1860s – decimating Malbec, once the most important varietal of the Right Bank.

Pierre Lurton was intrigued by the notion of forging a renaissance. He would combine the extraordinary experience of a Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) Saint Emilion estate with the very finest terroir in Argentina. This alliance opened the door to greater creativity, advancements in winemaking for their New World project (Pierre Oliver Clouet, head winemaker at Cheval Blanc now oversees winemaking for Cheval des Andes) and the never ending flexibility that has allowed this Argentinian project to become the envy of South America.

This wine is rightfully worthy of its moniker: The Cheval Blanc of Argentina.


99JS 97WA

Super refined and beautiful with flowers, spices, dried fruit and hints of stones. Medium to full body with very fine tannins and a gorgeous finish. Shows great finesse and depth. Savory character, as always, but in check. Drink in 2022.

99 points, James Suckling (Jul 2019)

The new vintage to be released in September 2019 is the 2016 Cheval des Andes, which was cropped from a completely unusual year—cooler than the average and with an exceptional amount of rain (around 600 liters), yet the wine has achieved exceptional freshness. It's 13.9% alcohol, and there's more red fruit on the nose, which is subtle and elegant, a little closed at first, shy and subtle. They have done great adjustments in the élevage, with the wine matured in 30% to 40% 400-liter barrels and only some 40% new wood. It's 58% Malbec (approximately 50/50 from Luján and Valle de Uco, where they have 15 hectares in Altamira), 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. This has less structure than the 2015, but there's more tension; this is a wine that should develop beautifully in bottle. This is a vintage of precision and with great aging potential. I think this wine is the most elegant produced so far. Bravo! 64,000 bottles produced.

97+ points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 244 - Aug 2019)

$74.99

38 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
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2018 Giant Steps Chardonnay Wombat Creek Vineyard (750ml)
Chardonnay from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
B-21 Top Recommendation
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When John Coltrane split with Miles Davis in the late '50s, he wasted little time releasing his visionary Giant Steps album. Winemaker Phil Sexton was inspired by the album and Coltrane's foresight thus naming his wine in Coltrane's honor. Sexton chose Yarra Valley because of his admiration for the long aging and fine boned wines produced by the new generation of wine growers reestablishing this historic wine region. Giant Steps focuses primarily on the distinctive expression of single vineyard sites in the Yarra Valley. Grapes are sourced from estate and leased vineyards as well as fruit from long-term grower contracts. Wombat Creek is the highest elevation vineyard in the Yarra, planted in the late 1980s in ferric volcanic soils and rock. The 2018s are in stride, showing the serious potential of Wombat Creek under Sexton's hand. In no way do the wines favor that pudgy marsupial.


96JS

Super fine aromas of limes and chamomile with hints of beeswax, apple pie crust, pears and white-almond paste. The palate has a very sleek, steely and resolute line of mouthwatering fruit, cast in the lime and white-peach zone. Super fine and long. Wow! Drink or hold. Screw cap.

96 points, James Suckling (Jun 2019)

$34.99

60+ bottles in stock and ready to ship.
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2016 Clos Apalta Le Petit Clos (750ml)
Cabernet Sauvignon from Apalta Vineyard, Colchagua Valley, Chile
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The Marnier Lapostolle family, founders of the ribbon-adorned liqueur brand Grand Marnier, have had a simple philosophy with Clos Apalta says Charles Bournet Marnier-Lapostolle, "to make world-class wines using our French know-how of generations in wine and spirit production, together with the unique Chilean terroir." His Le Petit Clos de Clos Apalta sure has come on strong the last few vintages and indeed worthy. In the Bordelaise notion of a "second" wine, the Clos overdelivers and at a third of the price of the Grande Marque.


96JS

A juicy and delicious second wine from Clos Apalta. Beautiful, ripe and delicious with dark berries and mushrooms. Full-bodied and very balanced with complex walnut, spice and berry character. Dark chocolate and hazelnuts at the finish. Drinkable now, but better in 2022.

96 points, James Suckling (Apr 2019)

$39.98

13 bottles in stock and ready to ship.
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2016 Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial Sardon de Duero (750ml)
Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Castilla y Leon, Spain
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Traveling along the N-122, following the River Duero in the direction of Vega Sicilia, we reached the small town of Sardon del Duero. Just outside this town, about a mile down the road in Retuerta, the Count of Castile commissioned the construction of a series of Abbeys in the 12th century. One of the most important was the monastery of Santa María de Retuerta (Abadia de Retuerta), built in a beautiful enclave on the banks of the Duero River – of all the monasteries built during this period, Abadia de Retuerta is one of only two in existence today.

Stunning, awe-inspiring, eye-popping in every sense – just plain nuts... this place is beautiful. Restoration began on the buildings as well as the Abbey in the 1990s. The current owners are heirs to this place and they did it right. A majestic spa, a Michelin starred restaurant, a Relais & Chateaux luxury hotel, guided tours via helicopter.... Quoting Maître de Maison, Andrés Araya, "Every architectural detail has been immaculately preserved. The monks’ cells are now guestrooms, the chapter house is the lounge bar, and the refectory is now a sumptuous restaurant." Friends, it's THAT amazing!

Planted in the 1990s (Petrus' winemaker as their guide), the only major difference between the vineyards here and Vega Sicilia is vine age... the bang for the buck is unbelievable! As I tasted through the lineup, they shared with me their thoughts regarding the personality of the 2016 Seleccion Especial – Vintage 2016 mimics Bordeaux – stellar. As I tasted this new bottling, I was reminded of the Wine Spectator Top 100s of previous vintages and how well have you received this property in the past. It's been too long!