Domaines Barons de Rothschild
(Lafite) took over the Los Vascos
estate (Los Vascos meaning The Basques, in honour of its Basque origins) in 1988. At the time, the property extended to some 2,200 hectares, of which 220 hectares were under vine. The new Los Vascos project included major investment under the direction of the Technical Director at Château Lafite Rothschild from 1983 to 1994. The vineyard was restructured, a replanting programme was put in place and yields were reduced. Drilling provided a plentiful source of water and a weather monitoring station was installed in the vineyards. The vineyard was restructured, a replanting programme was put in place and yields were reduced. The bodega itself was enlarged and modernised step by step to cope with the new requirements in winemaking and ageing. The refurbishment included the installation of stainless steel tanks, pneumatic presses and improvement to the barrel cellar. Los Vascos is now a single plot, 580-ha vineyard in the heart of a 3,600-ha hacienda. 100% Chardonnay
sourced from the Colchagua
Los Vascos Chardonnay has a brilliant and clear colour with golden reflections. It has an explosive nose of melon, grapefruit and exotic fruit coupled with the typical Chardonnay note of hazelnut. In the mouth, it is rich, fresh and pleasantly fruity with good structure and a long finish.
Food & Wine match:
This Chardonnay should be drunk young, as an appetizer, with oysters, white meat, fish or cheeses. It should be opened one hour before serving at between 10 ° to 12 ° C.