So, last week we saw the arrival of our new agency winery from Argentina.. Please say hello to Cuvelier Los Andes.
The story began in 1804 when Henri Cuvelier set out to share his great passion for fine wine with his friends and family across North France. It wasn’t long before he opened H. Cuvelier and Fils, a wine merchant company, whose rapid success continued to develop throughout the 19th century.
At the beginning of the 20th century the Cuvelier family anticipated the inevitable rise in château bottled wine, so decided to purchase top quality estates in the Bordeaux area. This began with the purchase of Château Le Crock in 1903, Château Camensac in 1912 and finally the prestigious Château Léoville Poyferré in 1920 (the one they’re extremely well known for).
In the 1990’s, Bertrand and Jean-Guy Cuvelier decided to spread their wings and turned their attention to Mendoza in Argentina, where they worked firstly with Michel Rolland on his Clos de La Siete project. By 1999, the Cuvelier family had begun to plant their own vineyards – Cuvelier Los Andes – and produced their first wine under this label in 2003.
To this day, Michel Rolland, wine consultant for many of the world’s leading wineries, continues to oversee the winemaking at Cuvelier Los Andes.
So let’s take a look at what Cuvelier Los Andes wines we’re lucky enough to have added to our portfolio.
First up we have the Cuvelier Los Andes Coleccion Blend 2011. Malbec leads this wonderfully balanced and juicy blend, rounded by Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels this red delivers world class poise with a spicy flourish and aromas of blackberry, liquorice, bitter chocolate and a touch of violet. You do not need to be a wine connoisseur to appreciate this impeccable red!
Next we have the Cuvelier Los Andes Coleccion Malbec 2013, a full bodied red with a lush texture, freshness, balance and just enough acidity. Its deep purple colour has stunning aromas of espresso, black cherry and raspberry. This is a definite must for all Malbec fans!
Finally we have the Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Vin 2010, a full bodied, rich red with chocolate, hazelnut and fruit characters. Aged in French oak barrels for 18 months this Grand Vin is Malbec prevailing, softened and completed with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot.