Los Vascos Le Dix 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, South America
The wine is a very deep red colour with purple highlights. The nose has a very good intensity and reveals fresh and ripe red fruit aromas. It is very pure and defined. The long ageing brings notes of oak that are pleasantly integrated into the wine. It is accompanied by light aromas of toast and grilling as well as and some spicy notes (a Carmenère feature); both are soft and do not dominate the wine. In mouth, the wine is, at first, rather soft and discreet but it rapidly acquires an elegant fullness. The tannins, round and supple at first, become powerful and tight. The wine remains harmonious, balanced and introduces a nice freshness. This is a typical feature of fine Cabernet Sauvignon when conditions of ripening are optimum.
Aromas of violet and eucalyptus are present in the finish. It is very long, full and consistent. The last noticeable tannins are still young but will rapidly soften after some months of bottle age.
Wine Enthusiast - "Rich and bold from the start, with cassis, raspberry, coffee and tobacco aromas that yield to creamy mocha upon airing. The palate is ripe, tannic and structured, with blackfruit flavors, a touch of herbs and espresso. Long and herbal on the finish, with a smooth fade."
International Wine Cellar - "Vivid ruby. Cherry-cola, blueberry and vanilla on the nose, with notes of cigar box and licorice adding complexity. Deeply pitched dark fruit flavors are enlivened by a strong spicy quality and become smokier with air. Tightens up with air, with no loss of flesh and finishes with impressive breadth, length and lingering sweetness. This wine is balanced to age."
Los Vascos Winery
Los Vascos traces its roots to approximately 1750 and to the original vineyard of Miguel Echenique. The vineyard passed down through the family throughout the succeeding centuries.
The acquisition of 50% of Los Vascos by Rothschild (Lafite) in 1988 was the result of a careful search among more than one hundred Chilean wines for one that could meet their criteria for excellence. A team of winemakers from Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) control the viticulture, harvest, maceration, fermentation and aging of the wines at Los Vascos. Strict control of yields from the estate and adherence to the winemaking techniques of Chateau Lafite result in wines of high quality, whose characteristics do not escape connoisseurs. All production is estate bottled. View all Los Vascos Wines
About ChileView a map of Chile wineries (CHEE-lay)Long and thin, Chile has a lot of land north to south. The wine region here is a series of districts based near Santiago. The vineyards are protected by the Pacific on the west and the Andes mountains on the east. This could help explain why the climate changes more from east to west than north to south – also why the country has remained phylloxera free. Quite a few wineries in Chile were founded by large French wine companies. Seeing the potential of the country, vineyards were bought and planted by these French folks and the results tell of a smart investment. Some of these wineries include: Los Vascos, Casa Lapostolle and Cousino Macul. And while the inspiration may have been French, but the wines here are quite Chilean.
Photo of the sun break following morning fog over the vineyards of Veramonte Winery (located in the Casablanca Valley)
Notable FactsThe main regions of Chile include Maipo (pronounced MY-poh), known for reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere; Casablanca Valley, a region producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc, as well as other whites & some reds; Colchaugua, an inland district creating amazing red wines from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly in the Apalta sub-region; and Rapel Valley, settled right under Maipo and producing the same red varietals. A couple of smaller regions to watch include Limari and Elqui, two valleys further north, producing some delicious cool-climate Chardonnay and Bio Bio, an area further south, which is also focused on cool-climate varieties. Chilean wines are growing in exports and more consumers are enjoying the delicious values coming from the country. Red wines of the region, though they cannot be generalized, make the whole gamut of wine quality – quaffable to collectible. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Carmenere are the main players, though Syrah is also making a splash. Some of the best reds are blends of the above varieties. As for whites, Sauvignon Blanc is typically crisp, herbal and racy, while Chardonnay is richer in style with full-bodied texture and tropical fruit flavors.
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Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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