Monday, 17 December 2007

TN : Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2003, Terrazas de los Andes, Mendoza, Argentina

Estate grown at an altitude of 980 metres.

In the late 1950s, the LVMH subsidiary Moët & Chandon sent its Chief Winemaker, Renaud Poirier, to Latin America to investigate the potential of the region for producing world-class wines. After traveling throughout the region, Poirier visited Luján de Cuyo, in the province of Mendoza. Highly impressed with the local conditions for winemaking, and the presence of unique high elevation vineyards, Poirier and Moët & Chandon decided to launch its first subsidiary vineyards ever outside of France (Bodegas Chandon Argentina).

Following decades of successful sparkling wine production, in 1999 Moët Hennessy Wine Estates and Bodegas Chandon Argentina inaugurated the Terrazas de los Andes winery, a still wines initiative based on the pairing of fine wine varietals to unique altitudes within Mendoza´s emblematic, snow-fed, high elevation vineyards.

The Terrazas de los Andes winery was launched following the restoration of an old Spanish style winery, established in 1898 by Sotero Arizu, one of the forefathers of Argentine winemaking. Arizu founded the winery in the heart of Perdriel, facing the impressive Cordon del Plata (a section of the Andes Mountain Range).

Colour : Red/cassis

Aroma : Blackcurrant, oak, red fruits

Taste : Red fruits, blackcurrant, oak, green pepper, oak, tannins and liquorice on finish

Alcohol : 13.5%

Price : 139 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Terrazes de los Andes

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