When Hervé Fabre first emigrated from Bordeaux to Mendoza in the late ‘80s, he was surprised to find that nearly every other investor in Mendoza’s wine renaissance was buying undeveloped land and planting new vineyards. They were ignoring the old vineyards of head-trained Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon that had been established a hundred years earlier by earlier French immigrants. Hervé quietly bought them up, and today, these ancient vineyards surround his beautiful winery in Vistalba – Lujan de Cuyo, near the town of Mendoza.
It’s the old vines that are the secret to the lush, round character of Hervé’s wines; these vines give powerful fruit but remain fresh on the palate, a hallmark of great wines. The Gran Reserva is his top malbec, pulled only from the oldest parcels. Only ancient vines, up to 100 years old can render the unique combo of power and finesse that the 2020 Gran Reserva brings in spades.
94 Points, Vinous
“The 2020 Malbec Gran Reserva from Vistalba, Lujan de Cuyo, was aged for 12 months in 1/5 new barrels. Purple in the glass. The nose offers cedar and plum with notes of cherry and jam. In the mouth, it has good concentration, an expansive feel and shapely muscles in a well-defined, classical style. This red fills the mouth and stretches out the flavors with a striking sense of place.”