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Las Compuertas is one of the oldest and the highest vine-growing regions in Lujan de Cuyo. Thus, it has the coolest climate too. It is home to some of the oldest Malbec vineyards of great quality which grows a selection of ancient massal grapes.
Due to the constant growth of urban centers, today there are only 426 hectares planted with vines left. More than 80% of the vineyards contain Malbec but we can also find Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, in smaller proportions.
Malbec from Las Compuertas is unique and complex. It combines black fruits, floral notes, spicy notes and mineral notes. Undoubtedly, the most distinctive point is the texture in the mouth with refined and elegant tannins, which can easily be related to some of the more acclaimed zones from Uco Valley.
There are just a few wineries based in Las Compuertas (Cheval des Andes, Riccitelli Wines, Durigutti Winemakers), however, there are a lot based in other zones that source their grapes from here.
Some wines from this subzone:
In the year 2007, some of my friends and I founded The Petit Verdot Lodge, a group united by the love of wine and fine dining that regularly gathered in blind tastings, followed by a camaraderie dinner in which alternately one of its members honored the rest of the group. The lack of time (due to dating, married life, children and work in that order) made it impossible for us to continue celebrating. But the world of wine had already caught me. Followed by countless courses, fairs and tastings, until September 26, 2010, I start the second stage of the Petit Verdot Lodge: A blog, where I commented on the wines I enjoy, always from the point of view of the consumer.