2018 Cuvelier Los Andes Malbec
2018 Cuvelier Los Andes Malbec A very intense and beautiful violet red color. The aromas of this 2018 wine are very complex with mineral, ripe red fruits, plums and floral (like violets) notes. A very good intensity. There is a very good entry on the palate with a sweet sensation. Velvety with an excellent body and a pleasant and long finish. Very balanced.
In 1804 Henri Cuvelier decided to share his passion for great wines with his friends, the great bourgeois families of northern France who lived in the wealthy, dynamic cities of Lille, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Arras and Valenciennes. He founded H. Cuvelier & Fils, a wine Negociant company that met with quick success and went on to expand throughout the 19th century.
Malbec is a black-skinned grape variety native to South West France (specifically the area around Cahors), but now better known as the iconic wine grape of Argentina. Through its success in the vineyards of Mendoza, in a few short decades Malbec has shot from relative obscurity to international fame, simultaneously bringing newfound attention and respect to Argentina as a wine-producing nation.
Malbec typically ripens midway through the growing season and produces small, intensely colored grapes. As it is so sensitive to its growing environment, the level of ripeness has a considerable effect on the structure of the eventual wine.
Broadly speaking, French Malbec tends to be more meaty, rustic and tannic, while examples from
Argentina seem to be uniformly rich, ripe, jammy and juicy. On both sides of the Atlantic, Malbec wines are generally aged in oak to enhance the wine’s structure and aging potential.
In France, Malbec is the flagship grape of Cahors. It must constitute a minimum of 70 percent of any AOC Cahors wine, accompanied by rich, round Merlot and rustic, tannic Tannat.