Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc a white wine made by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) in Chile. Rothschild fully took over Vina Los Vascos (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.
The grapes for Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc come not from the estate but from growers in the Casablanca Valley, located, further north between Santiago and Valparaíso, which is considered to be one of Chile’s best white wine growing regions. The grapes are hand harvested in the early morning to assure that they arrive at the winery cool and in good condition. The fruit is sorted and macerated for a few hours. The grapes are then pressed and fermented at low temperature in stainless steel vats.
As well as their Chilean wines, Lafite also make some great wines in Argentina, including Amancaya.