Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Chardonnay Reserva 2018
Bright yellow with a pale golden hue. The complex and intense nose opens on aromas of white blossom and fruit such as nectarines, lychee and pear, mingled with toasted hazelnut.
From a very fine, elegant and succulent attack that displays freshness, good substance and excellent acidity, the generous and seductive mid-palate reveals pineapple, mango and nectarine flavors together with delicate notes of nuts.
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A Chardonnay from Casablanca, 40% fermented in 500-liter barrels. Greenish yellow in the glass, it presents clear notes of pears and apples and pleasant vanilla and oak flavors. The good amount of fat and velvety texture are brought by the lees. Creamy with clear-cut flavors.
Produced in Chile by Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Chile, Escudo Rojo was born in 1997. A perfect marriage of ancestral Bordeaux expertise and an exceptional terroir, Escudo Rojo is a fine branded wine which corresponds to the expectations, the image and the great winemaking tradition of Baron Philippe de Rothschild.
Escudo Rojo is the Spanish translation of “Rote Schild”, the German for “red shield”, the historical emblem of the Rothschild family. Thus, the very name Escudo Rojo reflects the Rothschild family’s commitment to Chile.
The Maipo Valley is Chile’s most famous wine region. Set in the country’s Central Valley, it is warm and quite dry, often necessitating the use of irrigation. Alluvial soils predominate but are supplemented with loam and clay.
The climate in Maipo is best-suited for ripe, full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon (the region’s most widely planted grape), Merlot, Syrah and Carmenère, a Bordeaux variety that has found a successful home in Chile.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.