My 4th and last bottle. Served with grilled skirt steak and decanted for 1 hour. Dark reddish /purple color (no change in color over last several years). Blackberry, blackberry compote, charcoal, cedar on nose. On palate, medium body with similar flavor profile (blackberry, black cherry, cedar) to nose. Acidity balances the fruit & tannins are well integrated. Long finish. Should drink well for 5+ or longer years. 93-94 range which is relatively consistent with my prior notes on this wine.
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(Cuvelier de los Andes Grand Vin) Group's #3 (my #3) – 31 pts; 0, 4, 3, 1 – opaque dark red violet color; oak, tart black fruit and graphite nose; dense black fruit and graphite palate with firm tannins; medium finish (70% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Syrah, 7% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot)
If you think 2003 Leoville-Poyferre was extracted, try this.
These are exciting, almost daredevil-like wines and they've become so hard to get we had to go to Argentina to secure them (the US distribution and allocations west of the Mississippi are so paltry, there was no point). The offspring of Leoville-Poyferre (with look-a-like labels to match), Cuvelier de los Andes has a chance to the most successful off-shoot winery in South America. The Leoville Poyferre people have done this the right way and the results will make lovers of the most naturally extracted, massive wines in the world pay homage to their calling - I'm not sure there are higher levels of extract anywhere else. Tanzer rarely gets this excited about anything so take note (and he is one of the last bastions of classicism left). For the style, these are supreme examples but lovers of lilting or light-weight Anjou should run in the other direction. This is about sheer impact fused to a regal, Bordelaise backbone - something that is very difficult to achieve.
This parcel is directly from the winery cellar with the finest provenance available - our prices should be about the same as in Argentina.
(Before you hit the "reply" button, the main importer for this set is in CT and prices there are far less than anywhere else - there's a place called Big Gourmet in CT that has these at basically wholesale prices - not sure if it's an error but they are honoring their published prices - I'm sure they will sell out quickly so you may want to throw your hat in the ring with them - I don't know about provenance but you can ask them. Other than CT, our prices should be pretty darn low)
2005 Cuvelier de los Andes "Grand Vin" (Mendoza/Leoville Poyferre) (this is 70-80% Malbec with portions of Cabernet, Syrah and other varietals).
2005 Cuvelier de los Andes "Grand Malbec" (Mendoza/Leoville-Poyferre) (this is 100% Malbec and is considered the flagship of the winery).
Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA
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