The vine accompanied Spanish conquerors to the north of Chile in the 16th century. The quality of the Chilean wines became more and more refined as the work at the vineyard took shape. Such is the case of the Los Vascos estate, which has benefited from the inimitable know-how of Château Lafite-Rothschild since 1988. Seduced by these soils which bring together the ideal conditions for cultivating great wines, this hallmark Bordeaux wine completely restructures the vineyard and modernises the estate. Between new plantations and state-of-the-art vinification tools, Los Vascos is the ideal estate for all enthusiasts in the search of excellence.
The Los Vascos vineyard is in one piece, just a few dozen kilometres from the Pacific Ocean. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Syrah, Malbec and Chardonnay vines cover 640 hectares, making Los Vascos one of the biggest wine-growing areas in the Central Valley. Some plots are aged by 15 years on average, while others house vines that are 40 or 50 years old.
The 2019 vintage opened with a dry start to the season, inducing early irrigation and great attention paid to the vines. The high temperatures presented a challenge to the Los Vascos teams, who knew how to care for the vineyard with their talent. The hot days were balanced out by cool nights, which brought the berries to a beautiful ripeness but, above all, a perfect balance.
Winemaking and ageing
After the harvests, the berries were taken to the cellar to begin a traditional winemaking process. The wine aged in barrels for 18 months, with a proportion of 60% new barrels.
The 2019 Cromas Carmenere Gran Reserva is made of 100% Carmenère, the iconic grape variety from Chile.
The 2019 Cromas Carmenere Gran Reserva is a beautiful, intense colour, with violet nuances.
The aromatic bouquet harmonises aromas of cherry, blackberry and plum, which gradually reveal peppery and herbaceous notes typical to the grape variety.
The 2019 Cromas Carmenere Gran Reserva is a wine with a perfect balance between density and acidity. The tannins are soft and silky, giving a most delightful sensation on the palate.
Serving and keeping
For optimal tasting, leave to settle just before serving between 16 and 18 °C.