A world-famous collaboration between Chateau Cheval Blanc and Terrazas de Los Andes resulted in the creation of Cheval des Andes in 1999. The CEO of Cheval Blanc, Pierre Lurton, had the inspiration for the venture as he wanted to trace the original Malbec vines that had been transported from Bordeaux to Argentina in the mid-19th Century prior to the phylloxera crisis which decimated French vineyards. As a result, any Malbec grown in Bordeaux today has grafted roots which creates a more resistant vine but also impacts its quality. Lurton was therefore drawn to the poetic notion of creating a Bordeaux style wine with the purer, phylloxera-free Andean Malbec vines. The stand-out choice for partnership with Cheval Blanc was the renowned Terrazas de Los Andes. The winery’s history dates back to 1898 and after a refurbishment by Moet Hennessy in 1996 the new estate pioneered to highlight the terroir of the Andes in its wines.
Cheval des Andes has two distinct, high altitude vineyards from which its wines are produced; the Las Computeras vineyard based in Lujan de Cuyo (the oldest wine growing region in Mendoza), and the La Consulta vineyard further to the South in the Uco Valley. With differing topographies and soil compositions each of the Cheval des Andes vineyards add their unique characteristics to the Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot grown by Cheval des Andes. The name Las Computeras translates from Spanish as ‘the floodgates’, linking the vineyard to the traditional irrigation method developed by the Incas that channels snow melt from the Andes into small ditches that run along the vines. A modern drip irrigation system was introduced in 2018 however the snow melt is still utilised and is stored in reservoirs on the estate.