Cheval des Andes 2012
Composition: 66% Malbec, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot
Pairing: Italian Burrata, Hollandaise Sauce with Mandarin, Pickled Sardine Fillets and Fresh Basil
Comments: “It’s risky but it works!” said Gabillet with regards to pairing fish with red wine. Languorously draped over a buttery ball of burrata, the salty anchovies teased out notes of tobacco, white pepper and ripe yellow fruits in the poetic red.
Cheval des Andes 2013
Composition: 67% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot
Pairing: Butternut Squash Potage with Cardamom
Comments: Boasting the same mouthfeel as the sweet, silken potage, the full-bodied wine carried traces of violet, pepper, raspberries and black fruit. Fine tannins converge in a tense finish.
Cheval des Andes 2015
Composition: 69% Malbec, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon
Pairing: Shanshui Free-range Chicken Legs, Slow-Roasted in Hay, Creamy Chicken jus, Couscous, Tomato Chili; Pine Pear Tart & Tahitian Vanilla Sorbet, Pear Coulis with Tonka Bean, Black Olive Caramel
Comments: Poultry dishes by Chin always make me reconsider my prejudices against the besmirched bird. Equal parts crispy and tender, the chicken here is the sort of comfort food that will make you pat your stomach and push away future plates... saving space for just dessert. The 2015 vintage, the most savoury of the trio, helped us put away the too-tall tart.
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