Winemakers

Marcelo Gallardo
Olivier Tregoat

Technical Data

Acidity
3.2 g/L

Alcohol
14%

Suggested Retail Price

$19.99

DOMAINES BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD (LAFITE)

Los Vascos

CARMENÈRE GRANDE RÉSERVE 2015

Background

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 estate 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.

Appellation

Colchagua Valley, Chile

Varietal Composition

100% Carmenère

Vintage Notes

The weather during this vintage corresponded to the usual conditions for the region. After a rainy winter, the spring was characterized by warm days and cool nights. The summer months were also rather hot with temperatures sometimes reaching 102°F in January and February. These conditions, combined with effective management of the vegetation and some water stress, helped to produce grapes with elegant, harmonious tannins, characteristic of this grape variety.

Winemaking

The grapes were hand-harvested on April 29th for the youngest vineyards, and May 12 for the oldest vines The grapes were fermented in stainless steel vats at controlled temperatures which, with pumping over, allowed for the extraction of aromatic components, colors and flavor components of the carmenère.
The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (20% new, 30% second use and 50% in vats)

Tasting Notes

Beautiful, intense ruby red colour. The nose opens with notes of red fruit such as cherries, blackberries, pomegranates and plums, followed by aromas of black pepper, red pepper, black olives, grilled vegetables, cinnamon, cedar and smoked chilli pepper. On the palate, notes of bitter chocolate and cherry liqueur emerge. The tannins are supple and pleasant, revealing good persistence.

90 pts

James Suckling

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