LES DOMAINES BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD (LAFITE)
100% Sauvignon Blanc
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. With 1,581 acres planted on the over 10,000 acre estate, it is one of the largest vineyards in the central Colchagua valley, at the foot of Mount Cañeten.TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES
Los Vascos is made up of a large diversity of soils. The heart of the estate, in the valley floor, consists of sand and clay alluvions left by the erosion of neighboring granitic hills, as well as Tosca, a very hard soil made from volcanic ashes that have been transported by rivers into the plains and compacted over time.
The grapes for this particular vintage come from the Peralillo estate where vines are planted in the somewhat warmer climate of the domaine’s valley floor so the soil showcases the character of the grape.WINEMAKING
This year’s cool spring and summer provided the ideal conditions for a wine full of poise and expression. Grapes were harvested before daylight when temperatures were at their lowest, from February 28th–April 22nd.
After a few hours of cold maceration, they were pressed and fermented at low temperature in stainless steel tanks to preserve their aromatic potential. The wine is partly aged on lees in order to obtain a good balance between roundness and freshness.TASTING NOTES
An archetypical pale straw-yellow color, along with green hues. This wine has an expressive, vigorous nose where green chili, asparagus and passion fruit abound. The palate showcases a good tension of excellent acidity, a mouth-watering feeling, and a persistent aftertaste that calls undoubtedly for another glass. As you delve more into the wine, the wonderful minerality takes hold and bursts open.