We begin our autumn series of wine dinners on THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 at 6:30 by offering a cross-section of one of the hottest New World vineyards, the French-styled Argentinian wines of CUVELIER LOS ANDES.
It’s a simple story: A French family, with a long tradition of winemaking in the Bordeaux region, is enthralled by the agricultural potential of the Mendoza Valley in Argentina. There, in the shadow of the Andes, they plant traditional Bordeaux grapes and build a state-of-the-art winery. The growing conditions are exceptional, and in a short time they are bottling wines that rival many of those from their homeland.
The dinner will consist of five wines from Cuvelier Los Andes’ portfolio, paired with a five-course dinner designed to bring out the best in them. Professional commentary will be provided by Mark Fratto of M.S. Walker Wines.
The cost for the dinner, including all food and wine served, is $65 per person. Reservations are required. Please call Stellina directly at 617-924-9475 to insure prompt confirmation.

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THE CUVELIER FAMILY STORY:

OUR TALE BEGINS IN FRANCE…At the beginning of the 20th century, Paul Cuvelier and his young brother Albert, anticipating the inevitable rise in « château-bottled wines » to the detriment of the « tailor-made » blends of the wine merchants, decided to purchase top quality estates in the Bordeaux area. They bought Château Le Crock in 1903, then Château Camensac in 1912 and finally the prestigious Château Léoville Poyferré in 1920.

It is interesting to note that, in early 1914, Paul Cuvelier had already come to Argentina, to discover the wines of Mendoza. He found them « pleasant to drink » although not adapted to the French taste at that time. He recommended a watchful eye be kept on their development.

In 1998 Bertrand Cuvelier made the happy choice of personally accompanying Michel Rolland in his great Argentine project, which was to become the« Clos de Los Siete »group. Three years later, Jean-Guy Cuvelier decided to join his cousin Bertrand in the joint aim of building a Winery and producing fine wines worthy of the family tradition.

The success of this wine is worldwide due to the exceptional value for money it offers.

The 2003 yield has also allowed the production of the first edition of «Cuvelier Los Andes-Coleccion». Then the 2004 harvest saw the arrival of our first edition of «Cuvelier Los Andes – Grand Vin ». With the 2005, Cuvelier Los Andes S.A., aside from its significant contribution to «Clos de Los Siete», can now present three wines, produced with the help and advice of Michel Rolland: Coleccion – Grand Vin – Grand Malbec. The quality of these wines, produced from young wines, is well beyond our original hopes. Will the Argentine cousins rival in the future with the fine wines of Bordeaux. It is for the consumers to decide. Time will tell.

The main grape variety is Malbec. We have also planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot. This enables us to create our own blended wines and also contribute to those of Clos de los Siete. Basking in the warm, dry climate of Mendoza, cooled by the refreshing night air of the Andes, our vines are ideally situated to express the character of their various grape varieties in this stony, alluvial gravel soil.

ARGENTINA

The story of Argentina’s rise in the global wine market is a compelling one. Over the last decade new investment in the Argentine wine industry has soared and the resulting wines that have been produced have clearly demonstrated that Argentine wines can compete in the global market with anyone. Malbec, in particular has emerged as the standard for judging the quality of Argentine wines. Many of these wines have been made from old vines planted long ago that never really showed their true potential. With the arrival of more modern wine,making equipment, improved viticulture practices and dedicated winemakers and consultants, the wines of Argentina have soared in popularity and consumer recognition.

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THE MENU

GRILLED YELLOWFN TUNA WITH ROMESCO SAUCE

BRUSSEL SPROUT AND BACON PIZZA

WILD MUSHROOMS WITH GEMELLI

BOAR RAGU WITH ORECCHIETTE

GRILLED OSTRICH WITH BRANDY-BLACK PEPPERCORN SAUCE

PUMPKIN ZEPPOLE

THE WINES

GRAND VIN

ROBERT PARKER 92 POINTS: The 2006 Grand Vin is a blend of 70% Malbec and equal parts Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. It was aged for 15 months in French oak. Saturated purple in color, it has a lovely bouquet of cedar, spice box, black cherry, black raspberry, blueberry, and chocolate. It has outstanding concentration, 4-6 years of aging potential, and a lingering, pure finish. It will be in its prime from 2013 to 2026.” Jay Miller 

STEVE TANZER’S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 91 POINTS: Sexy, slightly high-toned aromas of currant, black plum, mocha, licorice and minerals. At once sweet and serious, with noteworthy energy to the currant, plum and mineral flavors. Spreads out to coat the palate on the finish. 

93 points, James Suckling (May 2016)Lots of ripe fruit here. Dried berry, spice and walnut. Full body, silky tannins and a juicy finish. Bright and fruity. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah and petit verdot. Drink now.

91 points, Wine Spectator (Jul 2016)Rich, ripe and concentrated, with notes of green olive to the roasted plum, dark currant and dried berry flavors. Meaty notes linger on the savory finish. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Syrah.

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MALBEC

Wine Enthusiast Note: Smokey and earthy in style, notes of charred meat, blackberry, black olive and dried oregano are all followed by a savory palate with medium tannins.

92 POINTS James Suckling
Very interesting aromas of dried-fruit, figs and hints of walnuts and spices. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a long, caressing finish, which shows finesse and structure
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CABERNET

Bright red-ruby. Aromas of redcurrant, plum, mocha and spices, plus hints of tobacco leaf and crushed herbs.

Supple on entry, then a bit pinched in the middle, showing a rather tart, dry edge. Offers good flavor intensity but the tannins are a bit unrefined.

This well structured wine offers fine tannins and a bright acidity to support the full notes of cassis and black cherries. On the end, one can taste spices and tobacco along with a mineraly finish.

91 POINTS- WASHINGTON WINE BLOG:

Bright red-ruby. Aromas of redcurrant, plum, mocha and spices, plus hints of tobacco leaf and crushed herbs.

Supple on entry, then a bit pinched in the middle, showing a rather tart, dry edge. Offers good flavor intensity but the tannins are a bit unrefined.

This well structured wine offers fine tannins and a bright acidity to support the full notes of cassis and black cherries. On the end, one can taste spices and tobacco along with a mineraly finis

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COLECCION BLEND
Wine Spectator 91
“Polished and well-structured, this red offers fine tannins and fresh acidity supporting notes of pure cassis and black cherry puree. Spice, mineral and dark tobacco hints add range to the finish. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Petit Verdot.
James Suckling 90
“This has an exuberant nose with prunes with some floral nuances. The palate is juicy and straightforward with soft tannins and a clean, yet short, finish. Drink now.”It is bright purple-colored, with an opaque center and a muted nose that requires plenty of air and coaxing to unfurl the heady, ripe black fruit and violet aromas with a lactic overtone. It has a full-bodied palate and a lush texture, thick and dense, with good acidity, freshness and balance. This is a very good, powerful Malbec ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
GRAND MALBEC
Deep, rich and lushly spiced, with powerful flavors of dark plum, dried blackberry, licorice and dark currant that are framed by medium-grained tannins. Minerally and creamy midpalate, offering a long finish of slate and dark chocolate. -Kim Marcus, Dec 2017
Reviewed by: Wine Spectator
93 pts
(15.5% alcohol; aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak): Bright, saturated ruby. Blackberry, licorice and menthol on the nose, complemented by cedary oak and a pungent mineral quality. Extremely smooth in texture but youthfully brooding, with inky black fruit and medicinal menthol dominating today. This structured, backward wine has a firm tannic spine that calls for another year or two of cellaring. Classically dry and saline, it doesn’t quite come alive today but it possesses bulletproof fruit for the future. Became a bit creamier with 24 hours in the recorked bottle, suggesting that cellaring may bring more pliancy. -Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2017
Reviewed by: Vinous
– 91 pts
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