SAUVIGNON BLANC

Los Vascos

LES DOMAINES BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD (LAFITE)

APPELLATION

Casablanca Valley

GRAPE VARIETIES

100% Sauvignon Blanc

WINEMAKERS

Marcelo Gallardo
Olivier Tregoat

TECHNICAL DATA

Acidity
3.0 g/L
Alcohol
13%

2017

90POINTS

JamesSuckling.com
NOVEMBER 2017
2018

89POINTS

JamesSuckling.com
APRIL 2019
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 vineyards are in the Casablanca Valley located further north between Santiago and Valparaíso, which is renowned for its great Sauvignon Blanc production as well as some in Colchagua Andes and the Leyda Valley.

TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES

Grapes are mainly sourced from vinegrowing partners in the Casablanca Valley, about 40km North West of Santiago, and from the coolest parts of Los Vascos in Colchagua Valley.
The absence of frost in winter and rainfall during spring and summer were highly favorable. Budding, flowering and ripening happened very smoothly, which resulted in grapes of exceptional quality. The considerable temperature fluctuations between the cool nights and very hot days, were beneficial to the grapes leading to a fruity and aromatic expression of the grapes whilst retaining a good level of acidity.

WINEMAKING

Grapes are harvested before daylight when temperatures are at their lowest. After a few hours of cold maceration, they are 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

Brilliant, light straw in color. The nose reveals fruity aromas of peach, pineapple, pear, and lychee with notes citrus and chamomile. Balanced and smooth on the palate, with a pleasing freshness and crisp finish.

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