Hello friends. We’ve offered the Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Chateau Lafite’s Chilean venture, Los Vascos, on numerous occasions. That’s their high-end Cab. If their “high-end” Cabernet is $18, you may be wondering, what about their value Cabernet?
2015 Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon
[Note: the Cab will be the main focus of today’s offer, but we’ll include a bonus Sauvignon Blanc too. See below.]
Los Vascos is the great Bordeaux house Domaines Barons de Rothschild-Lafite’s ambitious project in Chile, inaugurated in 1988. The vineyard they purchased (located here) is 640 hectares, planted to Cabernet Sauvignon (85%), Carménère (5%), Syrah (4%), Malbec (1%) and Chardonnay (5%). The oldest vines are more than 70 years old, but most of the blocks are 40-50 years old, interspersed with younger blocks planted out in the ‘90s post-Lafite purchase. As you’d expect from Lafite (they of the $200+ BDX bottle), Los Vascos produces polished wines that punch well above their price class.
This is their entry-level Cabernet (100% varietal), fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel and bottled young for freshness and fruit vitality. It begins with a nose of redcurrant and cherry, lifted by a notable streak of spearmint. Clean as can be, and very true to Cab from this part of the world. The palate is soft and juicy, an easy-drinking, fruit-driven little gem of a $10 wine (14% listed alc). There’s a touch of earthy complexity here, too, more than we have any right to expect at this price point.
James Suckling: [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD] 92pts.
2016 Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc
Vascos’ SB comes from long-term contracted grapes in the Casablanca Valley, prime Chilean territory for this grape. This too was done entirely in stainless steel. It clocks in at 13% listed alc and opens with a nose of kiwi and grapefruit, complicated by mineral and pyrazine subtleties. Some dissolved CO2 on the palate helps contribute to an impression of zingy acid. Lean, racy, and totally refreshing, this would make a lovely $10 house white for spring and summer.
First come first served up to 24 bottles total, and the wines should arrive at the warehouse in a week or two, at which point they will be available for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.