James Suckling 93
“Firm and very silky with bright, focused blackberries and hints of dark plums. Medium to full body. Racy finish. Lovely polish to this Reserva this year.”
by James Suckling, JS, 2020.
This typical Bordeaux grape variety prospers in Chile’s famous Maipo Valley. The perfect expression of a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine gains in roundness and refinement with age.
This wine comes from the “Valle del Maipo”, 30 km south of Santiago. Nestling at the foot of the Andes Mountains, it is a valley with a long winegrowing tradition which offers some of the best conditions for cultivating Cabernet Sauvignon. Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Chile's winemakers have chosen the “Valle del Maipo” vineyards for their temperate climate and their soil, poor in alluvial deposits and rich in pebbles, ideal for expressing the power, elegance and minerality of the wines. The combination of summer heat with the influence of the Andes produces a marked day/night temperature differential highly favorable to preservation of the fruit.
The wine is matured in one-year-old oak barrels for six to eight months before bottling. 10% new oak and 90% 1-2 year old oak barrels.
The nose opens on an array of refined ripe black fruit aromas, joined on airing by light toasted hazelnut notes. The palate has ripe black fruit notes found on the nose return on the rich and ample attack, while attractive spice and toast flavors bring remarkable complexity and intensity to the midpalate, underpinned by powerful tannins typical of Cabernet Sauvignon. The black fruit flavors return on the long and fresh finish.
The grapes are hand-picked then brought to the Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Chile bodega, in the heart of the Maipo Valley. Combining wood and steel in a distinctive architectural style, the bodega has state-of-the-art equipment that also respects the great winemaking traditions. Escudo Rojo Cabernet Sauvignon is vinified in the Bordeaux manner, favoring extraction of the fruit and a supple, well-balanced tannic structure.
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