Los Vascos Grande Reserve (Lafite)

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Please note that this wine has been replaced by the Los Vascos Cromas Gran Reserva.

Los Vascos Grande Reserve is a Bordeaux(ish!) style red wine blend made by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) in Chile. 

Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) took over the Los Vascos estate (Los Vascos meaning The Basque , 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 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 hectare hacienda. The knowledge of the terroirs accumulated over 20 years has been used to refine the qualitative approach in the vineyard and in the winemaking. 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 Grande Reserve is a blend of around 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah and the remainder made up with Cabernet Franc and Carmenere. The wine and is aged for 12 months in oak barrels (50% new). The wine is characterized by the complexity and persistence of its bouquet of cherries and blackcurrants and plums, with notes of bay leaves and black pepper.

Tasting Notes

From Lafite: “Ruby red wine. The nose presents intense aromas of red fruits such as raspberries and strawberries, in addition to pleasant notes ripe fresh berries. We can also highlight notes of graphite, cedar, white pepper and bitter chocolate. The palate is fresh, lively and juicy. Its tannins are soft, present and with personality. It has a very persistent and balanced finish.”

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