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
3.1 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.

VINTAGE NOTES

2017 was marked by severe frosts in early September that eased over the spring. Unlike other years, the early morning mists were less prevalent. December and January were very hot, but temperatures dropped gradually from February onwards. The high temperatures prompted an early harvest and lower yields with smaller, lighter bunches, which resulted in higher concentration and quality. The grapes were harvested from February 20th to March 9th.

WINEMAKING

The grapes were sorted before being chilled and macerated for several hours. They were then pressed, and the juice was fermented at low temperature in order to preserve all of the aromatic potential. Alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel vats under controlled temperatures to retain the grapes’ flavor and aroma potential.

TASTING NOTES

A pale yellow color with glints of green, very characteristic of the variety. Aromas of melon, green apple, pineapple, and lime are underscored by spicy, herby notes such as lemongrass and lemon verbena. On the palate, this wine reveals great volume and structure.

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