Blend : Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Franc
Food Recommendations : In general goes well with grilled meat and French cheese.
Chinese: Stirred Fried Black Pepper beef.
Japanese: Meat Tepanyaki.
Korean: Beef Bulgogi.
The winery (or bodega) called FLECHAS DE LOS ANDES was born from the partnership between Baron Benjamin de Rothschild and Laurent Dassault, as the result of their research of a great terroir at the foot of the Andes in the Mendoza region.
The name “Flechas de los Andes” or “Andes arrows” refers to the 5 arrows, symbol of the Rothschild family (symbolizing the five brothers at the origin of this dynasty of entrepreneurs). Both families Rothschild and Dassault are aiming to produce a wine of excellence.
Built in 2003 and operational since the 2004 harvest, cellar Flechas de los Andes is a synthesis of all knowledge gained by experience of both partners in Bordeaux (Château Clarke and Château Dassault).Each harvest is handpicked, hand selected, and then fermented with high quality requirements in the most modern equipment.
At the foot of the Andes, 120 km south of Mendoza, the Malbec variety rules as the king of this unique terroir. This wine was produced with the greatest care in order to achieve a world class blend dominated by Malbec and called : “Gran Corte”.
Press Release & Tasting Comments:
2005 : WINE ENTHUSIAST: rated 91 - Quite spicy, with the Syrah element offering a meaty, leathery quality that varietal Malbecs just don’t have. The nose is rich, with some mocha giving it oaky warmth. The mouth filling palate is packed with kirsch, cassis and blackberry, while the finish is smoky with some fiery heat. Needs another year or two to come together.
STEVE TANZER « INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR »:
Bright, full ruby. Blackberry and licorice aromas lifted by a floral topnote. Creamy, lush and full, with dark fruit and dark chocolate flavours dominating. Finishes with big, tooth furring tannins.
2006 : ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE : rated 92+ (Outstanding) - Opaque
purple-colour. It has an enticing perfume of pain grille, spice box, bacon, and blueberry compote. Layered and succulent on the palate, the wine has full, ripe tannins and requires at least 5-7 years of further cellaring. Because of its balance it should blossom nicely and be at its best from 2014 to 2030.
Location : Vista Flores, 120km south of Mendoza
Altitude : 1100m above sea level
Vineyard area : 110 ha
Soil type : Granite stones, sand and gravel from the Andes
Plantation density: 5800 vines/ha
Soil management : Natural grass cover
Vineyard management : Trellising, double Guyot and irrigation
Harvest : Handpicking in march. Double selection of grapes on sorting tables before and after destemming.
Winemaking : Filling of the grapes into tanks by gravity. Cold maceration and fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Micro-oxygenation during maceration. Malo-lactic
fermentation into new French oak barrels.
Ageing : 100% in new French oak barrels.
Duration : 14 months
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 91 points
James Suckling 93 points
Vinous 90 points
Tim Atkins 91 points