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Los Vascos Chardonnay 2017

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Los Vascos’s Chardonnay is a fresh, delicate wine, with a harmonious, fruity bouquet. The vineyard’s own Chardonnay grapes are complemented by a selection of grapes from the Casablanca Valley, further north between Santiago and Valparaiso. Flavourful, fresh and pleasant, this wine has an appealing character with good length of fruit. The nose offers an explosion of aromas with notes of melon, banana, grapefruit and exotic fruit.

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Viña Los Vascos:
A pioneering adventure Grapevines were planted in the north of Chile in the 16th century, in the wake of Spanish conquistadors.Production expanded rapidly and the country was soon exporting to Peru, challenging imported wines from Spain. The Echenique family, of Basque origin, planted vineyards in the Peralillo area of the Colchagua province around 1750 and in the 19th century, the same family... Read more
A pioneering adventure Grapevines were planted in the north of Chile in the 16th century, in the wake of Spanish conquistadors.Production expanded rapidly and the country was soon exporting to Peru, challenging imported wines from Spain. The Echenique family, of Basque origin, planted vineyards in the Peralillo area of the Colchagua province around 1750 and in the 19th century, the same family was part of the rapid expansion that took place in Chilean wines, at the initiative of a handful of pioneers who were inspired by the French model. The first French grapes were planted in the Cañeten Valley of Colchagua in 1850 but when phylloxera ravaged Europe’s vineyards, Chile’s production increased dramatically. Vineyards went from 9,000 hectares in 1870 to 40,000 hectares in 1900. The first exports of wines to Europe took place in 1877. In 1947, production in the Cañeten Valley of the Peralillo region was reorganised and rationalised. Plots of land were cleared and prepared for planting, water supply and storage systems were put in place and cellars equipped with cement tanks were built. The “Cañetenes” wines gradually built up a good reputation. However, the land reform measures which came into force in the late 60s and early 70s put a stop to any further expansion. Domaines Barons de Rothschild-Lafite took over the Los Vascos estate (Los Vascos meaning The Basques, in honour of its Basque origins) in 1988. At the time, the property extended to some 2,200 hectares, of which 220 hectares were under vine. The pioneering ambition of DBR in Chile was above all the result of extensive research into the potential of local wines. Many properties were visited and very many wines were tasted before choosing Los Vascos, because of its location near the ocean and its exceptional soil. Along with ideal weather conditions, Los Vascos benefits from intense exposure to the sun, adequate water sources, semi-arid soils and little risk of frost. At an average of 130m above sea level and at just 40 kilometres from the Pacific Ocean, the microclimate of Viña Los Vascos has everything to produce fine wines. The new Los Vascos project included major investment under the direction of the Technical Director at Château Lafite Rothschild from 1983 to 1994. The vineyard was restructured, a replanting programme was put in place and yields were reduced. Drilling provided a plentiful source of water and a weather monitoring station was installed in the vineyards. The bodega itself was enlarged and modernised step by step to cope with the new requirements in winemaking and ageing. The refurbishment included the installation of stainless steel tanks, pneumatic presses and improvement to the barrel cellar. The aim of all the improvements to the winery and the vineyard was to improve quality and, under the supervision of Claudio Naranjo, a new team of local management was recruited. Los Vascos is now a single plot, 580-ha vineyard in the heart of a 3,600-ha hacienda. Gradually, the improvements to the property have been mirrored in the wines and the vineyard’s increasing maturity has meant that premium wines like Los Vascos Grande Réserve and Le Dix de Los Vascos have been added to the range. In recent vintages, the wines overall have shown increasing concentration and finesse. The finishing touch to the estate has been the construction of a new guesthouse, designed in the traditional Chilean architectural style. Read less

Member Reviews for Los Vascos Chardonnay

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Snooth User: StevenBabb
296258488
2.00 5
Vintage: 2009 06/23/2010

Here's another wine with the backing of Domaines Barons de Rothschild. This one coming from a small valley within the Colchagua Province, Caneten Valley in Chile. Unfortunately, I can only give this wine 2 glasses. On the surface, it was pleasing to taste, but it shows a little more like a sauvignon blanc than a chardonnay. On the back of the bottle, there's mention that the winery was planted with ungrafted pre-phylloxera Bordeaux rootstock, so that may have something to do with the sauv blanc-ness to this wine. Now it's not completely devoid of chardonnay, with a little honey and apricot on the nose, and a little fuller body in the mouth, but to me it seems to end there. The rest of the fruit on the nose was more tropical, with melon, hints of grapefruit and lime. A little tart in the beginning of the palate, and moving on to citrus and honey rounding it to a medium finish. This would be a good everyday drinking wine for the casual consumer, but in my opinion not very varietal specific. But it is a 2009, maybe with a little more age at the winery would help turn this fresh fruity wine into more of a noble chardonnay.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 10/25/2008

very good. nothing of note.


Snooth User: Degrandcru
101685622
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/14/2009

Rich and fruity, bouquet: ananas, carta: Grapefruit with refreshing herb finish


Snooth User: Soundsponge
7763734
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 02/19/2011

Very nice look&feel. It is just little bit stronger than I like


2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 08/04/2009

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: rhone65
41556140
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/16/2008

A chardonnay that will surprise you. Instead of big and oaky this one was fermented in stainless steel. For most chardonnay fans it will appear to be a sauvignon blanc. Nice to have a different style on the same grape.


Snooth User: svuptivup
80672279
2.00 5
Vintage: 2005 08/07/2008

Two glasses


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External Reviews for Los Vascos Chardonnay

External Review
Vintage: 2013 09/21/2014

This Chardonnay shows a bright yellow robe with golden glints. The nose offers pineapple, banana, and grapefruit aromas combined with some pawpaw notes. Fresh, balanced, and round mouthfeel and pleasant finish. Ideal as an aperitif or the perfect match for fish, oysters, poultry, and some mild cheeses.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 02/24/2010

Kultwein aus Chile: Los Vascos Chardonnay: Jahrgang: 20Inhalt: 6 x 0,75 LRegion: Weingut: SommerweineRebsorte: Restzucker: Restsäure: Alkoholgehalt: Weinpakete


External Review
Vintage: 2012 02/24/2010

Los Vascos Chardonnay 5+1: Jahrgang: 20Inhalt: 6 x 0,75 LRegion: Weingut: Rebsorte: Restzucker: Restsäure: Alkoholgehalt: Weinpakete


External Review
Vintage: 2008 02/24/2010

Los Vascos Chardonnay 2008: Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 8-12°C, in Barriques gereift , lagerfähig 2 - 4 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2008Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Colchagua ValleyWeingut: Baron RothschildRebsorte: 100% ChardonnayRestzucker: Restsäure: Alkoholgehalt: Weißwein


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/18/2011

Not big on the nose, but the round texture is pleasant, and the notes of apple and cream carry through on the finish. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/18/2011

Pale straw. Spicy lemon and orange aromas show good freshness and cut. Clean and racy, with precise citrus and green apple flavors and a pleasantly sweet finish that features a kick of spice and good length.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 08/01/2008

Banana and melon aromas combined with a touch of hazelnuts - A rich, fruity wine featuring good structure and great aromatic purity - Recommended for consumption while still young to enjoy its freshness, but concentrated enough to keep the fruit for a couple of years.


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Los Vascos’s Chardonnay is a fresh, delicate wine, with a harmonious, fruity bouquet. The vineyard’s own Chardonnay grapes are complemented by a selection of grapes from the Casablanca Valley, further north between Santiago and Valparaiso. Flavourful, fresh and pleasant, this wine has an appealing character with good length of fruit. The nose offers an explosion of aromas with notes of melon, banana, grapefruit and exotic fruit.

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