In 1997, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, and Eduardo Guilisasti Tagle, Chairman of Viña Concha y Toro S.A., sealed a partnership agreement with a view to create an exceptional Franco-Chilean wine called Almaviva. The rest is history. You'll want to make room on your top shelf for some of these bottles winelovers....
James Suckling: "The aromas of iodine and blackcurrants with roses and lavender make the wine extremely perfumed. It’s full-bodied with a tight, fine-tannined palate that shows linear flow through the center palate. It’s vertical and integrated, adding depth and serious quality to the wine." Nov 2021
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "The 2019 Almaviva is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Carmenère (from Peumo), 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot, higher in Carmenere and reflecting a warmer and drier vintage when then bottled wine reached 15% alcohol. It fermented with destemmed grapes in stainless steel and matured in French oak barrels, 75% of them new, for 18 months. Here, the Carmenere adds herbal freshness and changes the aromatic profile when compared with the 2019 Epu. 2019 was a good year for Carmenere, which suffers in extremely warm years like 2017, but in moderately warm years like 2019, the variety displays that herbal character and has good density. It's full-bodied and round, with saturated tannins, tasty, spicy and long, with a dry, serious finish. It's balsamic, with notes of camphor and a silky and velvety texture. 200,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2021.
I spoke to winemaker Michel Friou who told me about the driest year in 2000 and a very good year but perhaps with some challenges for some places as they had a lot of rain in late January. I tasted 2019 (and the 2018 vintage, a great and homogeneous year, of the second wine that will be sold through Bordeaux for the first time in September 2021), a year that is more heterogeneous, but in some places it could be even better than 2018. At Almaviva, the behavior of temperatures was above the average and it was an early harvest. But the difference in Puente Alto was the winter, 300 liters of rain in 2018, but with 150 in 2019 (between May and October), but in the end he told me the wine from 2019 could be compared with the one from 2018. In a drier year, they irrigate a little more and end up having less stress in the vines." Aug 2021
Winery: "Deep, intense and opaque ruby red. The nose reveals a generous, powerful and layered bouquet of ripe cassis and blackberries, interwoven with hints of mineral, fine notes of vanilla, coffee, black pepper and earth. Dense and full-bodied, the wine fills the mouth with round, ripe and refined tannins, leaving an overall impression of balance and persistence. Produced from an extremely warm, but superb vintage, this well-structured wine of balanced acidity strikes a wonderful combination of elegance and power, with a very promising long aging potential."
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Carmenere, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot
||19 months in new French oak
||Puente Alto, Chile
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