Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons Classique Red 2018
First Growth expertise in the stunning setting of South Africa’s Western Cape, nestled beneath the towering Simonsberg mountain in the Franschhoek Valley.
The Rupert & Rothschild partnership was formed in 1997 as a collaboration between the late Dr. Anton Rupert (a South African businessman, philanthropist and conservationist) and the late Baron Edmond de Rothschild (of the French winemaking dynasty behind Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild). Their vision is now being realised by their prestigious families.
Rupert & Rothchild Vignerons Classique 2018 is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot matured in French oak for 16 months. The cool and dry conditions in 2018 resulted in an even more classic Classique. The result is a plush, silky and savoury wine, displaying notes of red plum, raspberries, cherries, pencil shavings, black tea, forest floor, toasted walnut, dark chocolate, caramel and spiced meat. Consider pairing with game or the earthiness of roasted beetroot. A modern classique.
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.
£2.8 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3490381
Style No.: 892842
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