Los Vascos Chardonnay is a white wine made in Chile by the world-famous Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). It is a fresh, delicate wine, with a harmonious, fruity bouquet.
Domaines Baron de Rothschild (Rothschild) fully acquired the Los Vascos estate in 1988 which, at that time, extended to some 2,200 hectares, of which 220 hectares were under vine. Before this the estate had been a joint venture in which DBR had been making major investment under the direction of the Technical Director at Château Lafite Rothschild. 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 Los Vascos Estate is located in Valley de Caneten (Colchagua), a closed valley in the center of Chile. Los Vascos is now a single vineyard plot of over 2000 hectares in the heart of a 3,600 hectare hacienda. The estate is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (85%), Carmenere (5%), Syrah (4%), Malbec (1%) and Chardonnay (5%). in the 2000s, the decision to adopt large-scale drip irrigation and to grow more grape varieties have also brought new possibilities to the expression, balance and complexity of all the wines in the range.
Los Vascos Chardonnay is 100% Chardonnay made from grapes sourced from growers in the Casablanca Valley, located further north between Santiago and Valparaíso, an area which is renowned for its great Chardonnay production. The grapes for Los Vascos Chardonnay are harvested in the early morning to ensure that the grapes arrive at the winery in the best condition possible. After sorting, the grapes are softly pressed for fermentation in stainless steel vats at controlled temperatures between 14 and 16C.
In case you were wondering, Los Vascos means “The Basques”, in honour of its Basque origins and previous Spanish owners. Lafite also have vineyards in Argentina where they make some fantastic wine including Amancaya and Caro (a joint venture with Nicolas Catena).