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Aristocratic sunshine – Vina Mar 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Aristocratic sunshine

Aristocratic sunshine

Context

The Chilean Vina Mar estate has been run by Domaines Barons de Rothschild since the 80s. Originally under the direction of Lafite Rothschild’s technical director in Bordeaux, it is now a local team which makes a range of wines from the Colchagua Valley, Chile’s premier red wine appellation.

I’m a big fan of cousin Mouton Rothschild’s Chilean joint project with Concha y Toro, Almaviva, so I suppose my expectations were rather high for Vina Mar as well. At just under 10 Euro however, I suppose Vina Mar is actually more comparable to Mouton’s Escudo Rojo range. In any case, I was looking forward to this bottle, if not for the Rothschild name, simply because I hadn’t had a Chilean wine in some time, and the current weather has me craving memories of the South American sun!

Impression

Aristocratic Sunshine

A solid wine. It offered everything I was hoping for and left me satisfied, not overwhelmed, but happy with what this bottle delivered: nice, ripe fruit with the typical nose of crème de cassis (these usually point me towards Chilean Cabernet in blind tastings);  a good, firm posture showing its aristocratic French roots, but without sacrificing its South American charm; and finally a hint of ripe pepper for the varietal touch, like a cool shade on a hot summer day. And that’s just the feeling I was looking for!