Los Vascos Cromas Syrah Gran Reserva 2019 - The Rothschild Collection

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Los Vascos Cromas Syrah Gran Reserva 2019


92 points, “So much sweet tobacco with blackberry and spice. Some dried meat, too. Medium-bodied with very fine tannins and a light chocolate and spice undertone. A new wine from here. Drink now.” – James Suckling

Exclusive to Harvey Nichols, Los Vascos Cromas Syrah Gran Reserva was created by the family behind Château Lafite Rothschild, and to be honest, the Rhône Valley better watch out. Los Vascos have been experimenting with Syrah since 1998, realising they were blessed with granite-rich hillsides, not dissimilar to those in the Northern Rhône. Following extensive study of the local terroir, they planted their first plot on ‘El Mirador’ in 2005 with the idea of creating a super-premium single varietal wine. It didn’t disappoint and the quality has improved every year since. Matured in French oak barrels for 12 months, this wine is gorgeously aromatic. You’ll discover layers of ripe blackberries, fresh plums, stick figs, violets, black pepper, star anise, roast beef, dark chocolate, graphite, tobacco and cedar. To us, it feels like a Rhône Syrah with the volume and clarity turned up. And for that reason, we think that fans of Aussie Shiraz who are looking to explore something new will also find much to love here. We’ll be sipping this throughout autumn and well into winter, saving a few bottles for the Sunday roast.

Viña Los Vascos is the pioneering outpost of Château Lafite Rothschild in Chile – probably one the most ideally suited countries for making wine on the planet. Los Vascos means “The Basques”, named after the Spanish who first planted vines in the Peralillo area of Colchagua. But don’t be fooled, this is now a very French operation, backed up by the wealth of experience, expertise and investment that Bordeaux’s First Growth masters bring to the table.

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

SKU No.: 3435183

Style No.: 877082

Country: Chile
Region: Colchagua Valley
Grapes: Shiraz/Syrah
Closure: Cork
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.5%
Volume: 750ml
Allergens: Sulphites

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