RESERVA CHARDONNAY 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

Reservachardonnay

This wine comes from the Valle de Casablanca, situated near the Pacific Coast 80 km north west of Santiago. The ocean influence is very strong, helping to regulate the temperature. It is ideal country for white wine grape varieties, especially Chardonnay.
This wine comes from the “Valle de Casablanca”, situated near the Pacific Coast 80 km north west of Santiago. The ocean influence is very strong, helping to regulate the temperature. It is ideal country for white wine grape varieties, especially Chardonnay.
This wine comes from the “Valle de Casablanca”, situated near the Pacific Coast 80 km north west of Santiago. The ocean influence is very strong, helping to regulate the temperature. It is ideal country for white wine grape varieties, especially Chardonnay.

Escudo Rojo

Reservachardonnay

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

Half the vintage is matured in one-year-old oak barrels for about nine months to achieve a harmonious balance between oaky notes and the freshness of the fruit.

GRAPE VARIETY

Escudo Rojo Reserva Chardonnay is made entirely from the same grape variety even though the requirement under Chilean law is only 75%. Chardonnay is a classic grape with a highly distinctive personality that makes it the world’s most sought-after variety. It gives rich, well-balanced and complex wines with ripe tropical fruit aromas.

TASTING NOTES

Tropical fruits - Nuts - Powerful - Generous

Aspect

An attractive pale yellow with a golden hue.

Nose

The complex and intense nose opens on aromas of white blossom and fruit such as white nectarine, lychee and pear, mingled with gentle toasted hazelnut.

Palate

From a very fine, elegant and succulent attack that displays freshness, good substance and excellent acidity, the generous and seductive mid-palate reveals pineapple, mango and nectarine flavours together with delicate notes of nuts.

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

Half the vintage is matured in one-year-old oak barrels for about nine months to achieve a harmonious balance between oaky notes and the freshness of the fruit.

GRAPE VARIETY

Escudo Rojo Chardonnay is made entirely from the same grape variety even though the requirement under Chilean law is only 75%. Chardonnay is a classic grape with a highly distinctive personality that makes it the world’s most sought-after variety. It gives rich, well- balanced and complex wines with ripe tropical fruit aromas.

TASTING NOTES

Pineapple - Toasted brioche - Powerful - Generous

Aspect

Buttercup yellow with a golden hue.

Nose

The aromatic power of Chardonnay is immediately apparent in voluptuous tropical fruit and yellow peach aromas, followed on airing by notes of gingerbread and toasted brioche.

Palate

The pleasantly full attack reveals the aromatic intensity of tropical fruit such as pineapple and passion fruit.

The round and dense mid-palate displays a range of tropical fruit flavours together with notes of toasted almond and mild spices such as cumin and cinnamon, building to an attractively long finish on elegant touches of toasted hazelnut, mild spice and pineapple.

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

Half the vintage is matured in one-year-old oak barrels for about nine months to achieve a harmonious balance between oaky notes and the freshness of the fruit.

GRAPE VARIETY

Escudo Rojo Chardonnay is made entirely from the same grape variety even though the requirement under Chilean law is only 75%. Chardonnay is a classic grape with a highly distinctive personality that makes it the world’s most sought-after variety. It gives rich, well- balanced and complex wines with ripe tropical fruit aromas.

TASTING NOTES

Pineapple - Mango - Powerful - Generous

Palate

Bright yellow with an amber hue.

Nose

The highly expressive nose opens on aromas of ripe tropical fruit such as mango and pineapple, joined on airing by notes of spice (cinnamon, turmeric) and toasted hazelnut.

Palate

The full and very smooth attack displays highly expressive tropical fruit flavours which recall the nose, while the remarkably expansive mid-palate reveals gingerbread and toasted hazelnut notes.

Tropical fruit flavours return powerfully on the finish, giving the wine richness and length.

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