CHARDONNAY

Los Vascos

LES DOMAINES BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD (LAFITE)

APPELLATION

Central Valley

GRAPE VARIETIES

100% Chardonnay

WINEMAKERS

Marcelo Gallardo
Olivier Tregoat

TECHNICAL DATA

Acidity
3.16 g/L
Alcohol
14%

2016

92POINTS

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MAY 2017
2017

90POINTS

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NOVEMBER 2017
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. The vineyard’s own Chardonnay grapes are complemented by a selection of grapes from the Central Valley, which is renowned for its great Chardonnay production.

VINTAGE NOTES

The winter had abundant precipitation (17 inches equivalent to 80% of the total annual rainfall) and mild temperatures. Spring brought the rains (3.5 inches approximately) that gave the soil sufficient water to kick off the growing season, it started under very favorable conditions due to a lack of spring frosts. Summer arrived with high temperatures in December, very much like the previous year, but better, as no extreme temperatures occurred between January and March, the mild weather helped grapes to ripen very slowly. In addition, the lack of rain allowed the technical team to wait for the right time to harvest.

WINEMAKING

The harvest started on March 5th and finished on March 29th.Grapes are harvested before daylight in order to keep a maximum of freshness. On arrival at the winery, they are pressed and fermented at low temperature in stainless steel tanks to preserve their aromatic potential. The wine is partly aged on its lees, which confers its unique mouthfeel.

TASTING NOTES

Beautiful pale bright yellow robe. Fruit-scented nose marked by notes of banana, papaya, lime, and physalis with green tea and chamomile undertones. The wine is rich on the palate, with a great persistence and refreshing acidity.

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