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Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is characterized by its soft yellow colour with green highlights. The nose expresses a complex range of aromas such as lime, white peach, prickly pear, pineapple, green apple, lychee and mango. One finds select vegetal notes of chives and boxwood. The palate is consistent, lively and fresh with good volume and a remarkable persistence. To enjoy the wine fully, it should be drunk young, within two years. While it is a great appetizer, all of its potential can be tapped with shellfish and salads. It should be served very cold at between 10-12°C.

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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
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Member Reviews for Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc

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Snooth User: aronowm2
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3.00 5
07/11/2011

Paired this one with fish tenders, lemon juice and hot sauce with a side of spanish yellow rice. this has a heavy citrus component that counteracted the lemon juice for the fish. mmmmmm


External Reviews for Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A delicious blend of herbal and citrus flavors, this wine has robust acidity and a touch of minerality. It's a refreshing and juicy sauvignon, ideal for an aperitif.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

The nose shows the traditional "wild" and expressive aromas of Sauvignon Blanc: boxwood and shrub followed by notes of chives and fruit such as pineapple, lime, green apple and white peach. The mouth is fresh, juicy and balanced. Good persistence. The grapes from Casablanca and Leyda bring in a fruity and mineral touch, while those from the Andean foothills contribute with volume and a creamy texture.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Los Vascos is fast becoming the leader in value-priced Sauvignon Blanc from the Casablanca Valley. This is the wineryrsquo;s best effort to date, and it delivers a championrsquo;s blast of green apple and citrus aromas. The palate is lively as can be, and it houses fine but also defined lemon and lime flavors. Refreshing as a walk under a cascade; clean and scouring.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Aromas of grapefruit and gooseberry join with sharp acidity to cut this wine's weight, keeping it juicy and refreshing. For oysters.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

If I asked you where great Sauvignon Blanc comes from, what would be your answer? What about Chile? Not your first choice? Irsquo;ll admit that Irsquo;m often guilty of forgetting that great, attractively priced Sauvignon Blanc often comes from Chile. Itrsquo;s easy to forget when wines from Marlborough and Sancerre get all of the hype and press. The famous Lafite-Rothschild winemaking family has made great strides with their Chilean wines in recent years, and it is quickly apparent in this fresh and very lively wine. The 2007 Sauvignon Blanc has concentrated flavors and aromas of fresh pineapple and Granny Smith apple, and hints of lemon pepper and wet stones. Herersquo;s a hint: donrsquo;t serve it quite so cold, as yoursquo;ll miss out on some of those nuances.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Although the aromas are timid, hinting at fresh herbs, the structure of this sauvignon is powerful mdash; almost tannic mdash; surrounded by a lemony acidity that bridges the winersquo;s power and juicy citrus flavors.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Bright straw. Spice and herb-accented aromas of citrus zest and green apple, enriched by a deeper honeysuckle nuance. Dry, taut and linear, offering dusty lemon and grapefruit flavors, along with a suggestion of melon. Shows good clarity and closes with fine cut and lingering spiciness. I like this winersquo;s uncompromising character.


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Tasting Notes:

Pale yellow tinged with green. The nose offers an abundance of fruit, in particular notes of white peaches, pineapple, lychees, pears, green apple, melon and lime, with a few herbaceous notes such as sage and fennel, and a hint of green pepper. The palate is fresh and develops with a balanced, persistent acidity. Drink young to fully appreciate the flavours. Serve as an aperitif, or to experience this wine at its full potential, enjoy with seafood or a gourmet salad. Serve chilled, between 10 and 12°C.

This wine is characterized by its soft yellow colour with green highlights. The nose expresses a complex range of aromas such as lime, white peach, prickly pear, pineapple, green apple, lychee and mango. One finds select vegetal notes of chives and boxwood. The palate is consistent, lively and fresh with good volume and a remarkable persistence. To enjoy the wine fully, it should be drunk young, within two years. While it is a great appetizer, all of its potential can be tapped with shellfish and salads. It should be served very cold at between 10-12°C.

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