2018 Cheval des Andes Cheval des Andes

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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JS 98 WA 98 DC 97 VN 96 JA 95 JD 95 WE 95 WS 92
JS 98

jamessuckling.com, December 2020

This is a plush, rich Cheval with blueberry and floral aromas and flavors. HInts of tar and fresh lavender. Full body. The depth and richness are impressive, as are the ripe yet fresh tannins. Very long and structured...
WA 98

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2021

The 2018 Cheval des Andes is a blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented in small lots in 3,000- to 8,000-liter tanks and matured 40% in 225-liter oak barrels, 40% in 400-liter oak barrels and the remaining...
DC 97

Decanter, July 2022

Partnering 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from Las Compuertas and Paraje Altamira, this has less tannin, density and acidity than the 2017 release, but retains perfume, polish and depth. Floral and refined, with...
VN 96

Vinous, November 2021

The 2018 Cheval Des Andes is a blend of 70% Malbec – half from Las Compuertas and half from Paraje Altamira – and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from Las Compuertas. It was aged in barrels and foudres, 50% in new oak. Purplish...
JA 95

janeanson.com, July 2021

Lovely depth to the fruit, clear chocolate, liquorice, rosemary and black pepper spice, along with blueberry, black cherry, nuances of orange rind. A relatively low level of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend compared to...
JD 95

jebdunnuck.com, March 2022

Continuing the trend of more Malbec in the blend, the 2018 Cheval Des Andes is another remarkable wine based on 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon that was fermented in tank and aged in 40% new Bordeaux barrels, with...
WE 95

Wine Enthusiast, December 2022

This blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon offers a delicate nose of ripe plum, cumin, and dried herbs. Well balanced and elegant, it features juicy black-fruit flavors and hints of rosemary. A light note of...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, November 2022

Big and rich, with expressive beef and earthy notes to the dark plum and roasted dark cherry flavors, which are backed by firm tannins and acidity. Creamy in the midpalate, with hints of dried green herbs and dark...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Cheval des Andes is a proprietary blend from Mendoza, Argentina, composed of 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is produced by Cheval des Andes and is presented in a 750ml bottle with a traditional cork closure. It has an alcohol content of 14.5%.

James Suckling awarded the 2018 Cheval des Andes a remarkable score of 98, describing it as "plush" and "rich" with "blueberry and floral aromas and flavors." He notes hints of "tar and fresh lavender," and praises its "depth and richness." Suckling concludes that the wine is "very long and structured, yet controlled and in balance," recommending it be enjoyed after 2023 (jamessuckling.com).

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also gave this vintage a score of 98, underscoring the blend's "freshness and elegance" without losing any "clout." The reviewer highlights its "creamy and luxurious texture," "ultra fine tannins," and a "long, dry and precise finish." They note that the wine has the potential for a "long and positive development in bottle" and label it as possibly the "finest Cheval des Andes" they’ve ever tasted (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate).

Jane Anson, scoring it 95, appreciates the "lovely depth to the fruit" and mentions flavors of "chocolate, liquorice, rosemary, and black pepper spice." Anson notes the relatively low level of Cabernet Sauvignon in this blend compared to previous years but states that it still contributes significantly to the aromatic profile (janeanson.com).

Vinous, with a 96 score, describes the wine as having a "complex nose of plum, cherry and hints of spice, pepper, ink, blackberry, and blackcurrant." The reviewer praises the wine's "velvety texture" and calls it a "relaxed, delicate, extremely well-balanced wine" with a "long-lasting" finish (Vinous).

Jeb Dunnuck, who also gave it 95 points, mentions its "gorgeous cassis, black cherry, and black raspberry fruit" along with "plenty of ripe tobacco, green cedar, rosemary, damp earth, and spring flower-like aromas and flavors." Dunnuck emphasizes the wine's "beautiful fruit, gorgeous tannins," and "impeccable balance" (jebdunnuck.com).

Wine Spectator, giving a 92 score, notes the wine's "big and rich" profile with "expressive beef and earthy notes" and flavors of "dark plum and roasted dark cherry." They highlight its "creamy midpalate" and "hints of dried green herbs and dark chocolate on the finish" (Wine Spectator).

Wine Enthusiast, scoring it 95, describes the wine's "delicate nose of ripe plum, cumin, and dried herbs," and praises its "juicy black-fruit flavors" with "hints of rosemary" and "light note of chocolate" on the palate. They comment on its "silky tannins and good acidity" that suggest it will "age beautifully" (Wine Enthusiast).

Decanter, with a 97 score, calls it "floral and refined" with "subtle coffee-bean oak, sculpted tannins, plum, raspberry and blackcurrant fruit." They emphasize its "perfume, polish, and depth," and confirm its standing as one of South America's greatest reds (Decanter).

Overall, the 2018 Cheval des Andes is highly acclaimed for its complexity, balance, and potential for aging, making it a standout wine from Mendoza.