International Wine Cellar 90
"Vivid ruby. Highly fragrant scents of redcurrant, dried cherry, pipe tobacco and candied rose. Lively and precise on the palate, offering appealingly sweet red fruit flavors and a touch of cracked pepper. Finishes tight and nervy, with very good clarity and lingering spice and bitter chocolate notes."
"Rising into the Andean foothills, the Alto Maipo section ranges from roughly 1,300 to 2,600 feet (400 to 800 meters) above sea level and is highly influenced by the mountains themselves. The rising sun must scale the Argentine side of the peaks before first morning light reaches the vines on its western—Chilean—slopes. The afternoon sun warms the vineyards and the cool mountains breezes that slide down the hillsides at night create a broad oscillation between daytime and night-time temperatures, all of which makes for dream-team of conditions for bold yet elegant red wines, especially the regional star Cabernet Sauvignon.
From 1984 to 1990, Bruno Prats (former owner/winemaker for Cos d’Estournel) and Paul Pontallier (CEO/winemaker for Chateau Margaux) decided to look for high quality land in Chile to plant a totally new vineyard. Their third associate was their Chilean friend, agronomist and oenologist Felipe de Solminihac. Felipe had gotten to know these guys when they had spent time in Chile (Paul Pontallier for his foreign service). In 1990, they acquired 45 acres in the 'Quebrada de Macul' - historically the heart of the Maipo Valley vineyards - at the foot of the Andes Mountain, near the city of Santiago. The terroir of Viña Aquitania is characterized by a poor, well-drained soil which allows roots to grow deep, and a micro climate which allows for very good exposure to sunlight, warm days, cool nights and no rainfall during ripening and harvesting. Felipe at the time was the winemaker at Cousino-Macul, the first boutique winery in Chile.
They planted typical Bordeaux varieties. In January 2003, Ghislain de Montgolfier, an agronomist and oenologist from the Champagne region in France (CEO of Bollinger), and an old friend of the founders, became the fourth associate."~Distributor