Rigorous parcel selection
For each of its wines, Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Chile selects the best parcels in Chile’s most highly reputed valleys in order to make wines which consistently combine refinement and character. Regular sources of supply and constant quality are also guaranteed by long-term contracts with partner winegrowers, especially further south, in the Rapel Valley.
Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Chile has introduced a rigorous parcel selection procedure, with each parcel bering tested for three years in order to ensure that the grapes are of sufficiently high quality to be used to make Escudo Rojo.
Vines and grapes: closely monitored quality
Vineyard practices in all the parcels used for the production of Escudo Rojo, such as trimming, shoot removal and cluster thinning, are carried out under the supervision of a French agronomist who sets very precise targets for yields and for the concentration and quality of the grapes. Emmanuel Riffaud, the company’s winemaker, has established and implemented an assessment procedure to monitor the maturity of the crop and to determine the optimum harvest date for each parcel.
All the grapes are picked by hand in small 10-kilo baskets in order to preserve the fruit. The grapes are then sorted twice before entering the winery: first by hand on a sorting table, then after destemming.
The grapes are sorted twice. Rarely used in even the most prestigious vineyards, this practice demonstrates Escudo Rojo’s ambitious quality standards.