A Singular Bordeaux-Style Blend from a Chilean TerroirAlmaviva
is the fruit of a collaboration between Baroness Philippine de Rothschild of Baron Philippe de Rothschild
and Eduardo Guilisasti Tagle
, Chairman of Viña Concha y Toro
. This partnership, formed in 1997, aimed to produce a single exceptional Franco-Chilean cuvee, named Almaviva (after Count Almaviva from The Marriage of Figaro
). The first vintage of this wine was launched in 1998, and it has enjoyed international fame and recognition for its quality ever since. Almaviva was the very first wine to be created from Chilean
terroir under the French château concept, expanding over 60 hectares
of vines in the highest part of the Maipo Valley
(650 metres above sea level) in Chile's Central Valley
. The soil here is alluvial, rocky and poor, consisting of loamy clay, sandy loam, gravel and rocks. The vines here enjoy a semiarid Mediterranean climate, cool breezes from the Andes mountains and a great oscillation of temperatures between the days and nights. The result is fruit that develops slowly and gradually for a higher concentration of colours and aromas. The vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon
, Cabernet Franc
, and Petit Verdot
, typical varietals of the Bordeaux region.
The 2015 vintage was characterised by a very dry winter and low temperatures during flowering, which did not affect the future production of the vines. Summer was hot and dry, with the onset of veraising occuring earlier than expected and the harvest of Merlot picked on March 16th (two weeks before schedule). The harvest was very long, lasting over 10 weeks, with Carménère harvested last, on May 26th.
The Almaviva 2015
blends 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Carménère, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot for a truly captivating wine that displays a brilliant opaque red colour in the glass. The wine was matured in new French oak barrels for 18 months, lending perfectly integrated touches of oak to the flavour profile. On the nose, this Chilean red wine is powerful and complex, seamlessly blending ripe fruit and subtle floral aromas, which are followed by caramel, liquorice and graphite notes. On the palate, this wine is very well-balanced. The juicy attack, rich in ripe fruit (raspberry, blackcurrant and black cherry) is framed by a beautiful structure formed by polished and fine tannins. On the finish, this wine is silky with mineral touches.