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
12.5%

2017

90POINTS

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NOVEMBER 2017
2018

89POINTS

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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

This season started with a mild winter, no risk of frost in September and October and very few below freezing events. Mornings were remarkably humid in spring and summer, a signature characteristic of the Casablanca valley due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean (11 miles as the crow flies). It should be noted that these conditions led to high phytosanitary pressure; however, strict control allowed us to harvest very healthy fruit. Since this season was slightly cooler compared to last year, evolution and sugar accumulation were slower. Consequently, wines are lower in alcohol content but boast a fresher character, delicious acidity, and perfect balance.

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

Very bright pale greenish yellow color. Honeydew, lime and lychee-scented nose that also reveals hints of wild asparagus and fresh lemon verbena. On the palate, this extroverted wine is lively, fresh, and gentle. The quintessential Sauvignon Blanc.

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