Cuvelier los Andes – A happy return to one of my favorite wineries.

Lead winemaker Adrián Manchó, together with team members Selva Gragnon and Matías Desanto.

“Since you were here last, nothing has changed.”

That might just be the best news of my trip.

You see, after four years, I didn’t really need to make another visit to Cuvelier los Andes. I just wanted to.

So when another booking didn’t work out, I was secretly thrilled.

Because to me, in a way I can’t fully explain, entering the gates of the Clos de los Siete vineyards feels like coming home. 

The entrance to the spectactular Clos de los Siete vineyards, in which Cuvelier los Andes is a participant.

By now the story has been well told: renowned wine consultant Michel Rolland was looking for the perfect piece of property in the Uco Valley. He brought together five renowned French families with the goal of developing a world-class source of grapes. Each winery could make the wines it pleases, and each would contribute grapes to a wine called, Clos de los Siete.

Today, Cuvelier los Andes, Monteviejo, Bodega Rolland, and Bodega Diamandes continue to participate in the Clos de los Siete project, while neighbor Flechas de los Andes (another favorite of mine) has chosen to go independent.

But for me it is Cuvelier that is consistently the price/value champion. At every price point, they deliver deep, complex yet appealing wines that will be welcome to Americans who enjoy Napa Valley reds. 

Adrián Manchó shows me where they keep the good stuff.

After all, when you have a good thing going, why change?

So while other winemakers experiment with concrete eggs and other trends of the moment, the Cuveliers are just fine cultivating their wines on their property using the techniques they perfected in France, thank you very much.

That is not to say they are standing still.

Adrián Manchó tells me there is much to learn each year. After years of working with their vineyard, they have identified specific plots that work best for each label. He says, “We have these micro-terroirs on our property. There are 55 hectares of property, and each hectare has its own distinct terroir that we have identified through laboratory testing.”

My sommelier friends tell me that the quality of the wines coming out of Cuvelier los Andes is getting better every year.

The winemakers are increasingly excited about their Malbec Rosé, a crisp, drinkable summer wine made in the French fashion. It is among my favorite Rosés from any grape in this price range. They are also at work on a new wine, Cuvee Natur, a natural malbec / merlot / syrah / cabernet sauvignon blend that is 100% free of sulfites, that should be in the market around 2020.

Something else to look forward to: Cuvelier los Andes bottled Petit Verdot for the first time 2017, in a very limited edition, with only 500 bottles made. Adrián tells me it will be very good quality due to their approach to micro-vinification – it should be in the market in 2020.

He says that the 2019 harvest is extremely promising. The quantity of the crop was not large, but the quality is very good.

After a few minutes of chatting at the entrance, the chief winemaker is ready to show off his product.

“We have the good wine. I’ve prepared it for tasting,” says Adrián.

Oh okay. if you insist.

We tasted the entire range, from entry level-reds to the Rosé to the superb Grand Vin and Grand Malbec. My hosts were more than generous with their collection, but as much as I love the wines, what I enjoyed the most was the conversation and getting to know the team better. 

If this is the house wine at your local bar or restaurant, you have excellent taste in bars.


The big surprise in the entry-level wines for our group was the Merlot. We agreed it had more elegance and complexity than the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Malbec. I’m not a big Merlot drinker, but after tasting Cuvelier’s offering, I’m reconsidering.

We progressed to the Colección blend, in the $20 range, which I’ve said on these pages may be South America’s best value in the price range. Happily, it’s readily available Stateside at a variety of retail outlets, including Atlanta’s Ansley Park Kroger.

We had a taste of the Rosé 2018, and it was every bit as good as promised.

Then it was on to the Grand Vin and Grand Malbec, the winery’s premium offerings. They age beautifully, and my own cellar is as full of them as my budget allows.

Cuvelier los Andes Colección, priced around $20, Grand Vin, around $35, and Grand Malbec, about $60.

The winery shop also features a really interesting wine that we did not taste, called Grand Colección. When hail destroyed the vast majority of the crop in November 2010, they opted not to make the Grand Vin or Grand Malbec, and to put the best remaining grapes into a blend available only at the winery. (For my money the regular 2010 Colección sold at retail is still a great bottle if you can find it Stateside.)

Adrián Manchó says that the United States is one of their biggest markets, because the quality/price ratio is embraced by American wine buyers.

In a world of change, there is something to be said for sticking with the plan. Cuvelier los Andes continues to impress, and I can’t wait to see where their wines go from here.

Every Cuvelier los Andes wine is exceptional for its price range.

Attack of the Killer Cerveza

One of the biggest challenges facing Argentine winemakers in the domestic market is the rise of craft beer, which is being embraced by the younger generation.

Historically, Argentina had one of the largest per capita wine consumptions in the world, but that is rapidly changing. Craft brewers are opening around the country by the dozens.

In my conversations with winemakers like Daniel Pi of Trapiche and Adrián Manchó of Cuvelier Los Andes, I hear a concern that the industry may have made enjoying wine too complicated.

They wonder if newcomers to wine feel like they’re “getting it wrong” if they don’t taste the notes of plum and leather and the scent of black fruit that the reviews described.

It’s all gotten just a bit precious.

So I found both of them encouraging an approach to wine that is a little bit more playful and less serious.

As Adrián Manchó put it, “there are the wines you Think, and there are the wines you just Drink.”

And there is a place for each.

We’ll drink to that.

A bottle to remember

Chances are, you won’t find a bottle of 1977 Malbec on your supermarket shelf. But we were fortunate enough to come across one at Palacio Duhau – the Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires. It was an off-list bottle that the (wonderful) sommelier, Valentina Litman, mentioned that she had in the cellar. You would think that a Malbec from this early era would be an oak bomb – but it was surprisingly supple and complex. This 1977 Cavas de Weinert had notes of plum and leather and a softness almost like a Pinot Noir. A great treat for our first bottle of this Argentinian trip.

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Here are the wines we’re drinking right now that are an exceptional value for their price range, vintage after vintage.

Cuvelier Los Andes Colección – The renowned Cuvelier Family is best known in France for their Château Léoville Poyferré, one of the most consistent providers of high-quality Bordeaux in France. Their vintage wines sell for $200 and beyond and have been known to age beautifully for decades. The Cuvelier brought their talents to Argentina’s Uco Valley in conjunction with Michel Rolland’s Clos de los Siete project, determined to prove they could create wines of similar quality. Their Grand Vin ($35) and Grand Malbec ($60) are terrific, but the champion for value is their Coleccion, arguably the best $20 bottle of Argentine red you cay buy.

Tres14 – Trapiche’s chief winemaker Daniel Pi has his own “garage winery” for his personal projects, and the brand is an amusing riff on his last name, as in 3.14. Clever, yes?This bottle is usually in the $50 range, and it’s available at Total Wine.

Tres14 “Imperfecto” – Another Daniel Pi garagista wine, the name Imperfecto is coined from the “contamination” of the Malbec with 3% Cabernet Franc. This absolutely delicious $60 bottle is available in the US at Total Wine.

Catena Appellation Series – Vista Flores and Lunlunta – We hear that these $20 bottles were originally intended to be exclusive to restaurants, but somewhere along the way the plan changed and they’re now available in select retail stores. Bodega Catena Zapata does a beautiful job in every price range – perhaps no one has invested more in science and research to understand the Argentine terroir. We’re particular fans of the Lunlunta version, if you can find it in your store.

Cheval des Andes – You won’t find a more worthy splurge than this $90 wine, a joint venture between Argentine wine giant Terrazas de los Andes and France’s Château Cheval Blanc. This is as serious as winemaking gets in South America, and spends 15 to 18 months in oak barrels. Cheval des Andes has been getting added finesse in the last few years. If you prefer a big wine for steak, look for the 2010 and 2011 bottles and if you want something more balanced and elegant, look into the later vintages. We’ve seen 2011 bottles at Green’s in Atlanta for as little as $55.

Seeing How The Other Hemisphere Lives

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As you know, this site is all about the celebration of Argentine wine – and it always will be. But I’ve been invited to visit friends in Napa Valley next week.

I think it will be fascinating after four trips to Mendoza, to compare and contrast what the California wine community and tasting experience is like.

I already have some built-in assumptions about what I’ll find – too expensive, too jammy – so it will be very interesting to see what reality is.

Unfortunately, the weather will be quite cold and rainy, but there should be ample red wine to warm things up! Look for frequent posts on Facebook from the trip.

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Not all hope is lost for lovers of high-end, interesting and eclectic Argentine Wine in the Atlanta Area. Argenology Wine Merchants can ship your favorite Argentine Boutique High End Malbecs to Atlanta and to any address in Georgia - with 100% hassle free door-to-door service. MalbecsOnly, I would be happy to provide more information to anybody interested in this service.

We have been buying Malbecs since hunting there the last ten years. Great contact and easy to do business with is - Alejandro J. Audisio - Proprietor ArgEnology Fine Wines The Argentine Fine Wine Merchant Est. 2004, Buenos Aires - Argentina Tel. 011 54 911 5110-9888 Tel. +54 911 5110-9888 Web www.argenology.com

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Best breakfast anywhere.

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One of the biggest challenges facing Argentine winemakers in the domestic market is the rise of craft beer, which is being embraced by the younger generation.

Historically, Argentina had one of the largest per-capita wine consumptions in the world, but that is rapidly changing. Craft brewers are opening around the country by the dozens.

In my conversations with winemakers like Daniel Pi of Trapiche and Adrián Manchó of Cuvelier Los Andes, I hear a concern that the industry may have made enjoying wine too complicated.

They wonder if newcomers to wine feel like they're "getting it wrong" if they don't taste the notes of plum and leather and the scent of black fruit that the reviews described.

It's all gotten just a bit precious.

So I found both of them encouraging an approach that is a little bit more playful and less serious.

As Adrián Manchó put it, "there are the wines you Think, and there are the wines you just Drink."

And there is a place for each.

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Attack Of The Killer Cerveza

One of the biggest challenges facing Argentine winemakers in the domestic market is the rise of craft beer, which is being embraced by the younger generation.

Historically, Argentina had one of the largest per-capita wine consumptions in the world, but that is rapidly changing. Craft brewers are opening around the country by the dozens.

In my conversations with winemakers like Daniel Pi of Trapiche and Adrián Manchó of Cuvelier Los Andes, I hear a concern that the industry may have made enjoying wine too complicated.

They wonder if newcomers to wine feel like theyre getting it wrong if they dont taste the notes of plum and leather and the scent of black fruit that the reviews described.

Its all gotten just a bit precious.

So I found both of them encouraging an approach that is a little bit more playful and less serious.

As Adrián Manchó put it, there are the wines you Think, and there are the wines you just Drink. 

And there is a place for each.

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That’s just before the steak!

🍽 delish 🍷

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🍷 much respect for his wine,it’s a gracious industry.

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If you visit Duhau restaurant at Buenos Aires’ Park Hyatt, ask and the sommelier will likely have a few bottles that are off the list. Never had a Malbec this many years old, but it’s surprisingly complex and wonderful. A nice acidity and brightness you wouldn’t expect from the earlier era. ... See MoreSee Less

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W🍷W”

Did it start off as a fruit bomb?

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Very, very good. Elegant and substantial, clearly made with great finesse. Favorite wine of one of my hosts. Robert Parker himself reviewed this (95 points) and says, “The 2014 Mekarra Proprietary Red is a Cheval Blanc-like blend of 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc from his vineyard in Knights Valley. It is a sexy, open-knit, expansive and savory style of wine, with loads of Christmas fruitcake, licorice, black cherry and blackcurrant jam, a touch of asphalt, and a long, full-bodied, voluptuously textured finish. It is very much in keeping with the easygoing but alluring and sexy style of the 2014s in Northern California. Drink it over the next 15 or more years.”

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Seeing How The Other Hemisphere Lives

As you know, this blog is all about the celebration of Argentine wine - and it always will be. But I've been invited to visit friends in Napa Valley next week.

I think it will be fascinating after four trips to Mendoza, to compare and contrast what the California wine community and tasting experience is like.

I already have some built-in assumptions about what I'll find - too expensive, too jammy - so it will be very interesting to see what reality is.

Unfortunately, the weather will be quite cold and rainy, but there should be ample red wine to warm things up! Look for frequent posts on Facebook from the trip.
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Seeing How The Other Hemisphere Lives

As you know, this blog is all about the celebration of Argentine wine - and it always will be. But Ive been invited to visit friends in Napa Valley next week.

I think it will be fascinating after four trips to Mendoza, to compare and contrast what the California wine community and tasting experience is like.

I already have some built-in assumptions about what Ill find - too expensive, too jammy - so it will be very interesting to see what reality is.

Unfortunately, the weather will be quite cold and rainy, but there should be ample red wine to warm things up! Look for frequent posts on Facebook from the trip.

 

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Look forward to reading about your CA Experience.... Cheers from the Realm of Malbec !!!

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So, how was your evening?

#PaulHobbs #Mendoza #WorldClass #Malbec
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So, how was your evening?

#PaulHobbs #Mendoza #WorldClass #Malbec

 

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Agreed

Spectacular! We were with you!!

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Time to lock in Peso prices at this favorable rate.....

1 years ago

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Pulled out this rare South American beauty tonight to enjoy with the Coravin. Five different varietals from seven different vineyards across Mendoza. Vines ranging from 6 to 87 years of age, aged 18 months in new French oak. Delicious blend.

 

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Looks great. Stephen, how do you like your Coravin? I’ve been looking at them but have yet to decide which model.

An Excellent Blend, mostly unavailable in the USA. The regular Encuentro varietals are more widespread, but it’s this blend and a 100% Pinot sparkler that are the two best offerings from this line of Wines.

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There are only two pieces of wine journalism we spend money on every year - one is a subscription to RobertParker.com and the other is the annual Argentina Wine Report from Britain's Tim Atkin.

The new report is just out this week, and it's worth every penny of the $27 download. It includes tasting notes on over 900 of the country's best wines as well as drinking windows.

We've tasted several of Atkin's top-rated wines and find that his tastes largely match ours. This is worth your money.

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There are only two pieces of wine journalism we spend money on every year - one is a subscription to RobertParker.com and the other is the annual Argentina Wine Report from Britains Tim Atkin. 

The new report is just out this week, and its worth every penny of the $27 download. It includes tasting notes on over 900 of the countrys best wines as well as drinking windows. 

Weve tasted several of Atkins top-rated wines and find that his tastes largely match ours. This is worth your money. 

http://www.timatkin.com/reports/2018-argentina-special-report

 

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Thank you. That made my day!

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Alejandro Soler of Malambo Vinoteca talks about Bramare and the Marchiori Vineyard

A lot of high-end malbec lovers know about the famed old-vine Marchiori Vineyard, where Paul Hobbs and his Vina Cobos partners, Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud, source Bramare Marchiori, Cobos Malbec, and Cobos Volturno. What you may not know is that Hobbs’ partners in the Cobos project have a far less expensive wine from the same vineyard. Here one of my new friends, Alejandro Soler of Malambo Vinoteca Almacen Criollo in Buenos aires tells us the story of the Bramare wines, and an interesting less expensive alternative. #malbec #mendoza #video #wine #Argentina

 

Don’t miss this bottle at the Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires

As you probably know by now, the wine bar at Palacio Duhau has one of the best selections of Argentinean wine in the country, including such icons as Cobos Malbec, in an absolutely enviable setting.

But for our money, one of the best experiences was this very early vintage blend from Fabre Montmayou. The 2001 Grand Vin contains a blend of malbec, cabernet and merlot planted in 1908. It’s aged in 100% French oak barrels, and 16 years in bottle has done beautiful things for this wine. It was so good that while sitting on the patio, we immediately went searching for more on Wine Searcher.

 

Alas – this vintage is impossible to get in the States – or as far as we can tell, anywhere in Argentina but the Park Hyatt!

So when you’re here – don’t miss the chance to enjoy a bottle.

Fabre Montmayou was founded in the early 90s by Hervé Joyau Fabre, one of a number of acclaimed French winemakers who early on saw the potential of Mendoza. You can read more about his wines here.