From March 17 to April 17
81% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Cabernet Franc
5% Petit Verdot
18 months in French oak, 55% new barrels and 45% previously used for one vintage.
10 to 15 years
The color is deep, intense ruby-red colour with purple highlights.
The nose is intense and powerful, revealing notes of blackberry, blackcurrant, and black cherry, developing black pepper aromas mingled with subtle nuances of roasted almonds, mocha and vanilla imparted by barrel ageing.
Palate starts out powerful, rich and concentrated, with great aromatic complexity and an elegant, tight-knit tannic structure.
Powerful and very well-balanced with natural freshness, displaying a complex array of flavours elegantly combining notes of blackcurrant, blackberry and cedar with black pepper, enhanced by a touch of hazelnut and mocha. The finish is concentrated and well-balanced, with long-lasting black fruit aromas, followed by retronasal notes of spices and roasted hazelnuts.
The powerful, refined finish goes on and on, suggesting excellent ageing potential.
WINE TASTING WITH EMMANUEL RIFFAUD,
Chief Winemarker, Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chile
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah grow in a Mediterranean climate greatly influenced by the cold air that comes down from the Andes Mountains at night, cooling the valley all year round, but especially during the summer months. This means diurnal and nocturnal temperatures vary significantly, a highly favorable characteristic for the maturation of Cabernet and Syrah.
Carmenere and Petit Verdot also grow in a Mediterranean climate, but here the average temperature is 1ºC higher than in the Cabernet and Syrah vineyards, which allows each variety to reach optimal ripeness.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah grow in well-balanced alluvial soils rich in pebbles, with a silty-sandy-clay to silty-clay texture, and bedrock at a depth of 3.0 meters below the surface. The vineyards were planted in 1997, 2003, and 2009. The Carmenere and Petit Verdot vineyards were planted in 1998 in deep clay soils, which favor a smooth, elegant tannic structure.
CLIMATOGRAPHY, HARVEST CONDITIONS
The 2020 vintage benefited from exceptionally warm and dry weather throughout the growing cycle.
The average temperature was 0.7°C warmer than the 9-year average, with particularly low rainfall (-80% compared to the previous 9 vintages) concentrated exclusively in winter.
After a relatively cool winter, a dry and particularly warm spring set the tone for the year, triggering bud break one week earlier than usual. These conditions lasted and led to quick and homogeneous flowering.
Summer began generally warmer than average (+0.6°C), resulting in fairly even véraison (colour change).
Conditions in late summer and early autumn were really exceptional, accelerating the phenolic and aromatic ripening of the grapes, and enabling us to pick each grape variety at the best possible time.
The harvest began 10 days earlier than in 2019 with the Cabernet Franc on 17 March, followed by the Syrah grapes on the 25th.
We were then able to wait until the perfect balance between aromatic and phenolic maturity had been achieved in the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, which we harvested
from 31 March until 9 April.
Thanks to these lasting conditions, the harvest thus accelerated with the Carmenere and Petit Verdot picked particularly early, between 6 and 17 April.
Below-average rainfall and above-average temperatures played a decisive role in the outstanding balance achieved for this 2020 vintage. The resulting wine is generous and powerful, yet fine and elegant.
It boasts a distinctive Chilean identity, particularly regarding the expression of the fruit, which, combined with a concentrated mid-palate, contributes complexity and richness while fully showcasing the terroir.
2020 boasts outstanding ageing potential and is on par with the greatest Chilean vintages.