RESERVA CARMENERE 2018 en

The harvest was early, starting on 23 February with the Villavicencio white grapes and ending on 10 May with the Carmenere grapes. At the Maipo winery, grapes came in from 26 March to 17 May.In keeping with the average, grapes were picked 10 to 15 days later than for the 2017 vintage. The decisive factor…

Escudo Rojo

Reservacarmenere

This wine comes from the “Valle de Colchagua”, in the central part of Chile 200 km south of Santiago. The vineyard, extending from the Andes Mountains to the Pacific coast, has a Mediterranean climate particularly well-suited to the development of the Carmenere grape.
This wine comes from the “Valle de Colchagua”, in the central part of Chile 200 km south of Santiago. The vineyard, extending from the Andes Mountains to the Pacific coast, has a Mediterranean climate particularly well-suited to the development of the Carmenere grape.
This wine comes from the “Valle de Colchagua”, in the central part of Chile 200 km south of Santiago. The vineyard, extending from the Andes Mountains to the Pacific coast, has a Mediterranean climate particularly well- suited to the development of the Carmenere grape.

Escudo Rojo

Reservacarmenere

2018

2017

2016

2018 VINTAGE

Overall, the weather in 2018 was exceptional, bringing the grapes to optimum maturity while retaining their freshness.

The harvest was early, starting on 23 February with the Villavicencio white grapes and ending on 10 May with the Carmenere grapes. At the Maipo winery, grapes came in from 26 March to 17 May.In keeping with the average, grapes were picked 10 to 15 days later than for the 2017 vintage. The decisive factor was a period of relatively low temperatures during the end of the ripening process, from December to February. The grapes ripened more slowly as a result, allowing them to preserve an aromatic freshness sometimes difficult to attain in Chile. This was followed by excellent weather which brought the grapes to optimum phenolic maturity and heralded the start of the harvest. At this stage 2018 is a very promising vintage, combining good concentration and powerful, expressive fruit.
The power of New World wines combined with the refinement of Old World wines!

MATURING

The wine is matured in one-year-old oak barrels for six to eight months before bottling.

GRAPE VARIETY

This wine is made entirely from the same grape variety even though the requirement under Chilean law is only 75%. Carmenere gives rich and slightly tannic wines with red fruit and liquorice flavours. Smooth and creamy, Carmenere wines soon reach their peak.

TASTING NOTES

Black fruits - Pepper - Fresh - Powerful

Aspect

Carmine red with a purple tint.

Nose

Powerful and complex with intense, forward fruit, the nose opens on black plum and blackberry aromas mingled with notes of spice.

Palate

The wine has a very good attack, good substance and balanced concentration and acidity, with very round, silky and fine tannins offering a velvety mouthfeel.

The mid-palate reveals intense black fruit and blackberry flavours together with attractive black pepper and mocha notes, building to a long, powerful and complex finish typical of Colchagua Valley Carmenere.

2017 VINTAGE

Particularly hot and dry weather brought the grapes to optimum maturity and shortened the maturing cycle, making 2017 an exceptionally early vintage.

Lower than average rainfall, ideally distributed throughout the growth cycle, together with the highest average temperature of the past ten years and more, made this a very Mediterranean-style vintage.
The 2017 wines are therefore generous and powerful, while remaining silky and soft.
They have a very distinctive Chilean identity, especially in the expression of fruit flavours and aromas which, combined with dense and rich mid-palates, reveal the identity of the terroirs to the full.

Producing wines with great ageing potential, 2017 is one of the great Chilean vintages.

MATURING

The wine is matured in one-year-old oak barrels for six to eight months before bottling.

GRAPE VARIETY

This wine is made entirely from the same grape variety even though the requirement under Chilean law is only 75%. Carmenere gives rich and slightly tannic wines with red fruit and liquorice flavours. Smooth and creamy, Carmenere wines soon reach their peak.

TASTING NOTES

Black fruits - Pepper - Fresh - Powerful

Aspect

Dark red with a purple hue.

Nose

The nose opens on ripe black berry fruit aromas, joined on airing by notes of roasted coffee beans and black pepper.

Palate

From a highly expressive attack on the black fruit found on the nose, the peppery notes that emerged with airing return on a mid- palate which combines power with heft.

The finish lingers on an intense array of black fruit, spice and roasted coffee bean flavours.

2016 VINTAGE

Exceptional weather conditions in 2016 produced very interesting and distinctive wines.

Rainfall was significantly higher than during an average year, with unusually heavy precipitation in autumn. This had an impact on the vintage, giving it a marine character rarely found in Chilean wines. The greater part of the vine growth cycle took place under ideal weather conditions; however, it remains a very technical vintage, owing its success to the skills and know-how of Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo’s vine-growers. Highly expressive of each grape variety and terroir, the wines are balanced, fresh and elegant.

2016, an “El Niño” year, will doubtless be remembered as an atypical, singular vintage on account of its unusual rainfall patterns, the advantage of which was to preserve fresh fruit flavours and impart a certain elegance that is sometimes difficult to attain in New World wines.

MATURING

The wine is matured in one-year-old oak barrels for six to eight months before bottling.

GRAPE VARIETY

This wine is made entirely from the same grape variety even though the requirement under Chilean law is only 75%. Carmenere gives rich and slightly tannic wines with red fruit and liquorice flavours. Smooth and creamy, Carmenere wines soon reach their peak.

TASTING NOTES

Black fruits - Pepper - Fresh - Powerful

Aspect

Dark crimson with a purple hue.

Nose

The nose opens on powerful black fruit aromas, such as bilberry and blackberry, followed and enhanced by refined roast coffee and mocha notes.

Palate

A rich and powerful attack on attractive notes of beautifully ripe black fruit leads into a round and dense mid-palate on which lingering black fruit flavours are joined by attractive spice notes such as black pepper and paprika, typical of the Carmenere grape.

The elegant finish, underpinned by highly refined tannins, is marked by a return of the mocha notes found on the nose.

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