Chile
Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Maipo Chile
Santiago

History

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“Escudo Rojo is the Hispanic translation of  the German “Rote Schild”, emblem of the family.”

 

In 1999, the encounter between Chilean soil and Bordeaux expertise gave rise to Escudo Rojo, a branded wine worthy of the Baron Philippe de Rothschild name, synonymous with the high standards of a great winemaking tradition.

 

In the photo : Baroness Philippine de Rothschild (1933-2014) in the company of her sons, Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild and Philippe Sereys de Rothschild

Did you know that the name Escudo Rojo is the Spanish translation of ‘Rote Schild’?

Ses terroirs 2

Chilean terroir

Escudo Rojo - Le Chili un paradis viticole

Chile : a winegrowing paradise

Discovered by the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, Chile soon proved to be a remarkable place for cultivating vines. As well as having high quality soil and good weather, Chile’s vineyards have always been protected from pests by the natural barriers of the Andes mountains, the coastal range which separates the valleys from the sea and the desert  to the north and south.

 

Thanks to that natural isolation, which guarantees exceptionally healthy vines, the great grape varieties imported from Spain and France escaped phylloxera and the ravages it caused in Europe. Many Chilean vines are ungrafted, including the hallmark Carmenere grape, a variety with distant origins in the Médoc, which here expresses remarkable power and color.

 

Escudo Rojo - 4 Valley Map

Four highly-reputed valleys for six classic grape varieties

The Central Valley, to the south of Santiago, is the historical heart of the Chilean vineyard. The terroir is subdivided into several valleys, each with its own distinctive character.

 

The Rapel Valley has predominantly clay soil and plentiful groundwater which ensures a regular supply of water to the vines. During the southern summer, the vineyard benefits from the temperate influence of winds from the south. These natural conditions are ideal for the Carmenere grape, enabling it to express the best of its character.

 

The Maipo Valley is the preferred terroir for Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. The north-facing vineyards, soil diversity and cool nights brought in by the nearby Maipo river result in harmoniously ripened  grapes.

 

The Casablanca Valley is situated on the Pacific coast, 80 kilometers north-west of Santiago. The maritime influence is very marked, regulating the temperature. It is the preferred terroir for white grape varieties in general, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay in particular.

Vines were first introduced into Chile in the 16th century by the Spanish Conquistadors and their religious orders who needed wine to celebrate mass. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay vines were imported from France in the 19th century in order to make finer wines.

The winery

Bodega Vignes

 

Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Chile, a wholly-owned Chilean subsidiary of  Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, was established to make the best Chilean wines in each category, and market them worldwide.

 

Located at Buin-Maipo, 45 kilometers south of Santiago in the famous Maipo Valley, the Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Chile bodega stands in its own 63-hectare (156-acre) vineyard.

 

Its sober and elegant wood and steel architecture reflects the combination of the latest technology with the great French winemaking tradition.

 

The wines are made, matured, bottled and packaged at the Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Chile bodega under the supervision of a French winemaker and under the control of an in-house laboratory.

 

Did you know that Baroness Philippine de Rothschild inaugurated the Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Chile bodega in 2003?