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2013 Almaviva

Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Concha Y Toro · Puente Alto · Maipo Valley · Chile

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James Suckling
Superb aromas of Indian spices, blackberry, blueberry and dried flowers. Full body, soft and polished ...
Grape Variety: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon 19% Carménère 6% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot 1% Merlot
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2013 · Almaviva · Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Concha Y Toro · Puente Alto · Maipo Valley · Chile ·

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Average Critic Score
95.5
Superb aromas of Indian spices, blackberry, blueberry and dried flowers. Full body, soft and polished tannins and an amazing finesse of subtle yet intense flavors. This is so pure and fruity. Another great Almaviva. Reminiscent of the great 2010. A blend of 72% cabernet sauvignon, 19% carmenere, 6% cabernet franc, 2% petit verdot and 1% merlot.
James Suckling
The 2013 Almaviva couldn't have had a more different growing season from 2012, as 2013 was wetter and cooler than the average. It was a good year for Cabernet Sauvignon, which took the leading role with a 72% in the final blend alongside 19% Carmenère (a grape that tends to suffer in cooler years), 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot. It had a classical vinification in stainless steel and an élevage of 18 months in 74% new French barriques. In the last few years, the blend comes from approximately two-thirds older vines (37-years-old) and one-third from younger ones (11-years-old); for other parts of the world, this might seem young, but in this part of Chile where the vines do not tend to have a long life, they are relatively old. 2013 was also a higher yielding vintage, which somehow helped produce balanced juice. The wine is fresher and more fluid, not as concentrated as previous vintages. It has a subtle nose with very nicely integrated spicy aromas from the élevage. The palate is very approachable, soft and velvety, with very good balance and a fine texture because of the very fine tannins. In a way it reminds me of the texture of the 2006, which is possibly the most Burgundian of their vintages. Yes, it's still a baby, but a baby that is approachable from now on, and should have a long life and development in bottle. 165,000 bottles were filled between January 5th and 14th of 2015. I met again with winemaker Michel Friou to taste the current releases, 2012 and 2013, and review some of the older vintages, which is always interesting to see the evolution of the wine in bottle. This time we reviewed 2006, 2007 and 2008, all still very young and lively. Coincidentally, I crossed paths with a bottle of 1998 a mere couple of days before our meeting, and while the aromas of the early vintages were there, the wine was very lively and fresh (it had been the wettest and coolest vintage ever). The aging potential is still to be assessed, but seems quite long, no less than 20 years. The focus in the last few years has been on the vineyards, increasing the density of planting and taking a more organic approach, a work that they see as something for the future generations. 2013 is a cool vintage that produced a very elegant wine. In general, the last few vintages have been quite consistent, without major qualitative differences, perhaps also because this is a blend and the effect of the vintage can be somehow compensated by changing the percentages of the different grapes.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate
James Suckling
Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Grape variety Grape variety
72% Cabernet Sauvignon
19% Carménère
6% Cabernet Franc ...
Sub-region Sub-region Puente Alto
Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Concha Y Toro

Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Concha Y Toro

A joint venture between one of Chile’s largest commercial wineries, Concha y Toro, and Bordeaux’s most famous family, Mouton-Rothschild, has led to the super-premium project called Almaviva. Beginning in 1997, the aim of this union was to produce Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines in Chile’s fertile Maipo Valley. More specifically, produce wines that are capable of rivaling Bordeaux’s greatest Grand Cru Classés. This amazing Franco-Chilean wine is now produced by over 85 hectares of vineyards, with 40 hectares of those being Concha y Toro’s best Puente Alto vines. Famed winemaker of Mouton and Opus One, Patrick Leon, also looks over Almaviva’s production, crafting complex, powerful wines that are reminiscent of Bordeaux’s magnificent blends.

Grapes

One of the world’s most revered grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon competes with Merlot as the two most planted red varieties. Known for its noble persona, its deep colour, full-bodied structure and telltale notes of pencil lead and blackcurrant, it can be found as the main grape in Bordeaux’s main Médoc blends, but is also highly regarded in Italian Super Tuscan blends and as a 100% varietal wine in the New World’s finest areas, such as California’s Napa Valley and Australia’s McLaren Vale. ...
Similar to Malbec, Carmenère has its feet in two countries – in France’s southwest as well as in Chile, where it is its flagship red. Though it features very little in today’s Bordeaux blends, in the 18th century it was widely cultivated and very well reputed. Similar to Cabernet Franc, it can have more vegetal, leafy characteristics which add lift and freshness to a blend (Château Brane Cantenac has recently re-added it to their vineyards as a way to work with climate change). In Chile, it was long confused with Merlot but today produces some of their most sought after reds. ...
Cabernet Franc is the older ancestor to Cabernet Sauvignon and is reminiscent in flavour, though often a bit lighter and more lean. While it comprises some of Bordeaux’s exceptional blends, there are a few châteaux that actually can have a predominance of this highly desirable and intellectual grape, including Cheval Blanc and Vieux Château Certan. While its original home is claimed to be Bordeaux, some of its greatest achievements lie in the Loire’s Central Valley, most particularly in Chinon and Bourgueil. Other notable plantings include the New World and in various areas of Italy. ...
One of Bordeaux’s red wine grapes used in their blends, Petit Verdot is a thickly skinned variety that when sufficiently ripe can produce deeply coloured wines with notable spice and structure. It is even later ripening than Cabernet Sauvignon, which caused Bordeaux producers to abandon it in the 1960s. However, this characteristic has worked to its advantage with modern, better ripening harvests. In addition to Bordeaux, the variety is also found in areas of Australia and California, where it can be bottled as a single-varietal wine. ...
Merlot is considered by many as the most luxurious red grape as it is known for its rich palate, velvety tannins and ample mouthfeel. Its home is originally France’s Bordeaux region and is responsible for Pomerol’s distinguished personality and firm grip (due to its unique clay soil), it also reigns supreme in St. Emilion where it provides its fleshy opulence. This seductress also has a claim to fame in some of Italy’s top bottlings, such as Masseto, Galatrona and Le Macchiole. ...
72% Cabernet Sauvignon
19% Carménère
6% Cabernet Franc
2% Petit Verdot
1% Merlot
Maipo Valley

Maipo Valley

The Maipo Valley is one of Chile’s 14 wine valleys and is located around the capital city of Santiago in the Central Valley. It is divided into three sub-regions – Alto Maipo, the region that borders the Andes and which receives most of its influences; Central Maipo, the first area of the Maipo that was settled and which is one of the oldest in Chile; and Pacific Maipo, the youngest sub-area of the Maipo, which has the least amount of vineyards but which benefits from the cooling Pacific Ocean. The most important area is the Central Maipo where it is has the warmest temperatures and also requires drip irrigation for its viticulture to survive. Within it lies Puente Alto, a sub-region renowned for its Cabernet Sauvignon. One of this area’s most famous producers is Almaviva, one of the most exceptional wines from South America, produced from the partnership between the Rothschild family (of Château Mouton-Rothschild) and Chile’s Concha y Toro. ...

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