Cheval des Andes

Cheval des Andes
Cheval des Andes

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Cheval des Andes is the fruit of an encounter between two exceptional estates, and a perfect reflection of the Franco-Argentine style. This unique alliance combines the savoir-faire of the Saint-Emilion Château Cheval Blanc Premier Grand Cru Classé A, and the altitude terroir of Terrazas de los Andes.

Creation date: 1999
CEO: Pierre Lurton
Head office: Thames y Cochabamba , Perdriel Lujan de Cuyo, Provencia de Mendoza - Argentine


Founded in 1999 in one of Argentina’s best renowned regions – Luján de Cuyo in the north of Mendoza – Cheval des Andes spans an exceptional area of Malbec vines spanning 50 hectares, some of which are 80 years old. This unique terroir, located in the foothills of the Andes cordillera, gives rise to the production of an intense, expressive and refined Andes grand cru. Each grape variety is planted in a carefully-selected terroir so that it can reveal its full potential. Through the expression of five grape varieties: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, Cheval des Andes symbolizes the perfect synergy between the French art of blending and New World creative innovation.

Cheval des Andes 2007 Vintage © Terrazas de Los Andes


Cheval des Andes 2010 is made from a unique blend of three grape varieties: malbec, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot. Each hand-picked grape is fermented in oak barrels for 18 months before being blended. This vintage is defined by its aromatic complexity and elegant tannins; a subtle combination of freshness, balance and ripeness.

Cheval des Andes - 2010 vintage © Terrazas de los Andes


Hervé Birnie-Scott, Administrator of Cheval des Andes © Terrazas de Los Andes

” For us, as agronomists and oenologists, Cheval des Andes means high-precision work on a daily basis as we strive to balance our local appreciation for complex, generous and fruity wines with the search for the finest elegance, freshness and longevity that is the Cheval Blanc style. The result is unique; time will go on to reveal vintages that can be called New World grand crus.  The initial challenge of making fine wines in Mendoza has been successfully met! “


The cornerstone of the heritage of Cheval des Andes, respect for the environment is firmly anchored in the estate’s savoir-faire. The vines are naturally irrigated using a system of furrows which collects pure water from the mountains, as local producers traditionally did in the past: an example of the reasonable and responsible use of the rare natural resources available to us. These practices, intrinsically linked to the estate’s philosophy, aim to reach the most perfect balance between vine growing, soil preservation and the fragile ecosystem of the estate’s mountains.

Harvesting the grapes by hand © Terrazas de los Andes
Vine stock ©Terrazas de los Andes


As the inheritors of the adventurous spirit favored by the gaucho of Patagonia, the estate of Cheval des Andes enhance the evasion atmosphere within a stunning landscape. This exceptional “art de vivre” is tangible in every single parcel of land owned by the House: the vineyard area also features a typical vine loft, nestled in the foothills of the Andes mountain range. This estate represents both the Argentinean exploration tradition and the estate’s pioneering spirit.

Horses at the Cheval des Andes estate © Terrazas de los Andes

Key figures

  • 2 Cheval des Andes is the product of two partners: Château Cheval Blanc (in France) and Terrazas de los Andes (in Argentina)
  • 5 grape varieties are used in the Cheval des Andes blends
  • 2010 date of the 10th grand cru produced by the estate