Winemakers

Marcelo Gallardo
Olivier Tregoat

Technical Data

Acidity
3.4 g/L - pH: 3.62

Alcohol
14.5%

Suggested Retail Price

$64.99

DOMAINES BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD (LAFITE)

Los Vascos

LE DIX DE LOS VASCOS 2013

Background

Le Dix, meaning ten in French, was introduced in 1996 to celebrate Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)’s first ten years in Chile. Le Dix de Los Vascos is grown in the exceptional vineyard, called El Fraile, which means “the monk”, the oldest planted vineyard at Los Vascos and the original vineyard on the estate. The vineyard is 100% planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and many parcels of the vineyard have vines reaching 80 years in age. The vineyard is fairly large, covering some 200 acres, Le Dix is produced from severely reduced yields from El Fraile (the best) combined with the most rigorous cuvee selection - the resulting wine is of world class stature.
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

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Carmenère, 5% Syrah

Vintage Notes

The growing season was characterized by favorable weather conditions from bud break to harvest. The absence of frost and rain enable us to harvest in perfect condition. Temperate days and cool nights also enhanced the quality of the fruit.

Winemaking

The grapes were hand-harvested and then rigorously selected on the sorting table. Alcoholic fermentation was carried out in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats at 86°F, with pumping over, in order to extract all of the grapes’ finest qualities.

There was a long maceration period of 25 days and the wines were matured for 18 months in new oak barrels from the Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) cooperage.

Tasting Notes

Beautiful, intense red color with garnet shades. The nose is underscored by ripe cherry aromas laced with delicate hints of blackberry, followed by licorice, saffron, paprika, nutmeg, white and black pepper aromas overlaid with notes of cocoa, tobacco, and cedar. Generous, all-embracing mouthfeel, pleasantly dominant, balanced tannins offer the perfect complement to notes of black olives and a delicate nuance of bitter chocolate. A wine of outstanding elegance and depth.

93 pts

James Suckling 8/16

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