2005 Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Vin Mendoza

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94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Grand Vin is a blend of 70% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Syrah, 7% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot. It was aged in French oak for 12 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Inky purple, the wine has an alluring perfume of wood smoke, spice box, pencil lead, black cherry, and black currant. This leads to a medium to full-bodied wine with an intense attack, layers of spicy black fruits, licorice, and chocolate. All components are nicely integrated and lead to a lengthy, pure finish. This Bordeaux-inspired wine should blossom over the next 10-12 years and drink well through 2030. Drink 2018 - 2030." (12/07) K&L Wine Merchants: "Cuvelier is owned by Leoville Poyferre a 2nd Growth Bordeaux property in the Medoc. But this wine is structured like an elegant finesse filled St.-Emilion. The spicy mulberry and plum flavors are excellently executed over the entire length of the palate. Michel Roland had a hand in making this wine and his influence is felt in the laser sharp focus and structure of this sophisticated Argentinean wine. Drink now or age it the way you would a fine Right Bank Bordeaux." Chip Hammack

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By: Dave Stein | Review Date: 12/14/2008
We had this wine with a fabulous filet mignon at Delmonico's in Las Vegas. The restaurant had been given a Grand Award from Wine Spectator in their most recent review. Our sommelier suggested this wine with our entree. This wine was incredible out of the bottle. This is a big red. Dense but yet with superb fruit. It is very drinkable right now but as the other reviews here suggest it can lay down in a cellar for a long,long time. Just a terrific pairing for us and I feel very lucky to have found this wine at K an L!
Drink from 2008 to 2028

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.