Los Vascos, Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile, 2018

Los Vascos, Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile, 2018

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Overview of the Wine

“Being pioneers in Chile was an exciting challenge, and we have chosen a superb location.”

-Baron Eric de Rothschild

Estate Grown, Hand Picked, Hand Sorted, Estate Bottled.

The acquisition of Los Vascos by Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) in 1988 was the result of a careful search among more than 100 Chilean wines for one that could meet the Rothschild criteria for excellence.

Los Vascos wines blend Lafite tradition with the unique terroir of Chile to create elegant wines that bring exceptional to the everyday. The vision of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) to expand their estates took them to South America in 1988, becoming the first French viticultural investment in modern Chile. Since then, a comprehensive modernization and investment program has been undertaken, oriented towards the production of fine wine using and adapting the viticultural experiences of Bordeaux and other areas where Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) is present. Los Vascos is located in Valley de Caneten (Colchagua), a closed valley in the central zone of Chile, approximately 25 miles from the sea. The valley provides a perfect microclimate for high quality viticulture, with Northern exposure to lands uncontaminated by airborne or water-borne pollutants. Daily on-shore winds provide temperature changes between 68-77°F, for optimum maturation of the grapes. With 1,581 acres on the over 5,000 acre estate, it is one of the largest vineyards in the central Colchagua valley, at the foot of Mount Cañeten.

The pioneering ambition of DBR in Chile was above all the result of extensive research into the potential of local wines. Many properties were visited and many wines were tasted before choosing Los Vascos, because of its location near the ocean and its exceptional soil. Along with ideal weather conditions, Los Vascos benefits from intense exposure to the sun, adequate water sources, semi-arid soils and little risk of frost. At an average of 130 m above sea level and at just 40 kilometres from the Pacific Ocean, the microclimate of Viña Los Vascos has everything to produce fine wines.

VINTAGE NOTES: The high temperatures that started very early in the season were the highlight of this vintage. In summer, not only the days were hot, but night-time temperatures were also fairly high. Compared to the previous vintage, this season had 330 hours above 86°F versus 164 hours in 2016.

WINEMAKING:The harvest of the Cabernet Sauvignon began on April 5th and extended until May 17th. The wine is made according to the traditional Bordeaux method. Grapes are placed in stainless steel tanks for fermentation under controlled temperature between 77 and 80°F. It is followed by 10 to 15 days of maceration, during which several pump-overs are performed to allow a gentle extraction of the phenolic compounds. The wine is then left to age for three months in stainless steel tanks in order to obtain its unique fruit-driven style.

Grape / Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin

Colchagua Valley, Chile

Tasting Notes

Deep and intense ruby red color. The nose features aromas of red fruit like plum, raspberry and cherry with savoury notes as well as tobacco, toasted hazelnuts, dark chocolate and tapenade. The mouth is dominated by the presence of young, lively tannins. Good concentration, nice structure and a persistent finish of great personality. 

91 Points - James Suckling

Product size: 750ml

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