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9th Wine: Terrazas e los Andes Selection Malbec

  • In the 1950s, Moet & Chandon sent Renaud Poirier to Latin America to research the region’s potential for world-class wine production.
  • After travelling around the region, Poirier visited Lujan de Cuyo in Mendoza.
  • Impressed by the local conditions and high elevation vineyards Moet & Chandon decided to set up their first ever vineyards outside of France.
  • After experimenting with sparkling wines for decades, in 1999 they opened Terrazas de los Andes Winery to concentrate on producing quality still wines.
  • Terrazas de los Andes Selection Malbec 2008, which was labelled  Reserva, has its grapes hand-harvested from select estate vineyards within the top districts of Mendoza.
  • Developed with extensive focus on vineyard management, and only released during excellent vintages, this wine stands out for its aromatic intensity and complex style.
  • Aged for 12 months in a mixture of new and old French and American oak barrels.
  • Website tasting note: The wine is harmonious and smooth, with racy notes of violet and graphite acceding the backbone of plum and currant fruit, followed by a finish reminiscent of dry cherries, raisins and prunes. Ideal with rare roasted lamb or beef, or heavily seasoned rustic, meaty sausages.
  • Decanter tasting note: Juicy with good depth and concentration of dark fruit flavours, plums, dried figs. Complex with a lifted palate and smoky notes, coffee, chocolate and curry spice.
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