Bodegas Caro Amancaya Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
94 points, “Fine and elegant.” – Tim Atkin
93 points, “Quite a sleek, elegant wine for Mendoza with fine tannins and nice freshness, carrying the long, focused finish.” – James Suckling
91 points, “This comes from vineyards in Altamira, and the barrels used for the élevage are mostly in barriques produced by Lafite.” – Wine Advocate
Created by Château Lafite Rothschild in Argentina, Amancaya – the name of a flower used by the indigenous Quechua people to decorate their hair in spring – is a stunning blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Combining exuberant and aromatic Argentine fruit and with First Growth know-how and oak, this polished red offers cassis, black cherry, blackberry, herbs and beautiful dried spices and cocoa powder on the finish. Although considered the second wine of the estate, behind Caro, this is capable of overshadowing the Grand Vins of many Bordeaux châteaux at under £20.
Bodegas Caro is a collaboration between the iconic Bordeaux First Growth producer Château Lafite Rothschild and Bodega Catena Zapata. Wine Advocate described the latter as “the most important winery in Argentina” and noted that “the name Catena on the label is a guarantee of quality”. Combine that name with that of the Rothschild family and know that this is an Argentinian wine with pedigree like no other.
The French side of the Rothschild dynasty is legendary in the wine world. In 1853 Nathaniel de Rothschild created Château Mouton Rothschild, and fifteen years later his uncle James Mayer de Rothschild acquired Château Lafite Rothschild. The former is the most flamboyant of Bordeaux’s First Growths and part of the Primum Familiae Vini – an association of the world’s finest family-owned wineries that include the likes of Antinori, Vega Sicilia, Tenuta San Guido of Sassicaia fame, Egon Müller, Pol Roger, the Symington Family Port house and many more. Neighbouring Château Lafite Rothschild has also become one of the most famous and sought-after wines in the entire world. Esteemed wine critic Neal Martin describes it as the “quintessential wine of elegance”, and it’s widely regarded as the most consistent of the First Growths. In 1962 the Lafite branch of the Rothschild family took the “Lafite Spirit” that they’d nurtured on the great terroir of Pauillac and began to expand their empire. Starting in Bordeaux they procured nearby neighbour Château Duhart-Milon, then Château Rieussec in Sauternes and Pomerol’s Château l’Evangile. They then branched out into South America with Viña Los Vascos in Chile and Bodegas Caro in Argentina, then further afield in France with Languedoc’s Domaines d’Aussières and even into northeast China with a new project called Long Dai. The three Rothschild Barons came together in 2007 to create Champagne Barons de Rothschild. All these ventures work to the same exacting standards as the legendary First Growths, befitting of wine’s most iconic family.£2.6 per 100.00ml
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