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Cuvelier Los Andes Coleccion 2011

Cuvelier Los Andes Coleccion 2011

750ML          
Sku: 041094

Review
The Cuvelier family is famous for being proud owners ofChâteau Léoville-Poyferré and Château Le Crock in Bordeaux since the early 1900’s. 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.
Cuvelier Los Andes Collection is one of the jewels of the winery in Mendoza. Made with 100% Malbec sourced from plots in Valle de Uco, Vista Flores and Tanuyán. The nose opens up with seductive dark fruit, plums, black cherries & cassis. Under layers of dark chocolate, smooth textured & lingering nuances of blackberry transport you to a long & lingering finish.

Rating
 Wine Spectator 89 points (Sep 30 2014)
A juicy style, with fresh boysenberry, plum and raspberry flavors supported by crisp acidity and muscular tannins. Notes of tar and slate show on the dense, chewy finish. Needs some time to settle down. Best from 2015 through 2021. 5,000 cases imported.-KM
 Vinous 91 points (Mar 2014)
Bright, saturated medium ruby. Pure aromas of blackberry, licorice and dark chocolate are complemented by nutty oak and lifted by a violet topnote. Dense, concentrated and sappy; as primary as a barrel sample. In fact, this is extremely backward and youthfully imploded for a 20 bottle. Finishes with sneaky rising length and a serious tannic spine to support a slow evolution in bottle. Forget about this juicy, vibrant wine for at least a few years. 91+ Points
 Wine Advocate 91 points (Apr 2014)
The 2011 Coleccion Blend is a multi-grape blend consisting of 58% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Syrah and 4% Merlot fermented in inox and partially aged in French oak barrels (60%) and is the top wine produced in 2011, a disastrous vintage for the winery, when 75% of their crop was destroyed by hail and they didn?t produce Grand Vin or Grand Malbec, so I suppose the best fruit went into this cuvee. For a cool vintage with plenty of challenges, the wine reached 15% alcohol, so don?t expect any green aromas or diluted flavors here. The nose is a powerful combination of dark plums, espresso coffee, Belgian chocolate and shy hints of red cherries with a full-bodied palate and abundant, fine-grained tannins, moderate acidity and good length, no doubt lifted by the alcohol. This is a big, ripe blend, slightly international, in need of some bottle aging. 42,000 bottles were produced in 2011. Drink 2015-2021.

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Country: Argentina
Region: Cuyo
Sub-Region: Mendoza
Appellation: Uco Valley
Grape Varietal: Non-Varietal Red Blend
Type: Still wine

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