Los Vascos Grande Reserve

Colchagua

Los Vascos Grande Reserve is a benchmark for elegance and finesse in Chile. A blend consisting mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is produced using traditional vinification and maturing techniques.
The wine is characterized by the complexity and persistence of its bouquet of cherries and blackcurrants (Cabernet Sauvignon), strawberries (Malbec), raspberries (Syrah) and plums, with notes of bay leaves and black pepper (Carmenère). 

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Los Vascos Grande Reserve Colchagua

Vintages

  • Vintage 2012

    • 75 % Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 10 % Carmenère
    • 10 % Syrah
    • 5 % Malbec

    The winter came to an end in August with heavy rains (107 mm), which resulted in water accumulation in the soil and gave a reserve for the months ahead, when precipitations were scarce. By the end of the harvest in May, rainfall only amounted to 8 mm, which, however, did not affect overall quality of the harvest.
    The harvest was conducted between April 3 and May 9 and started 7 days later than in previous years and yields were slightly higher than usual. Grapes ripened at a slower pace; however, berries were smaller in size, fresh, concentrated, with good acidity and ripe tannins that resulted in an absolutely remarkable mouthfeel.

    TASTING NOTES (AT BOTTLING):

    Deep ruby red robe. Expressive nose with fruity aromas reminiscent of plums, blueberries and ripe blackberries that blend superbly with notes of bitter chocolate, cocoa, mocha, coffee, toasted sesame, cassis liqueur, tobacco, and black pepper.
    Sober and elegant mouthfeel with gentle and refined yet persistent and tasty tannins that offer a pleasing sensation filled with characteristics of the terroir.

  • Vintage 2011

    • 75% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 10% Carmenère
    • 10% Syrah
    • 5% Malbec

    Rainfall was relatively low (347 mm) in 2010, and so irrigation was necessary as soon as the winter ended, in August and September. This extra water enabled the vines to continue in a normal growth cycle.
    Temperatures were cool during the flowering stage resulting in lower yields with less compact bunches. Growth was then healthy and regular, producing grapes of outstanding quality with remarkable concentration.
    The harvests took place between 6 April and 13 May. The vines had reached their full potential with healthy grapes and excellent quality at the time of harvest.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Bright ruby red colour. The nose opens with fresh fruit such as plums and cherries which blend with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted hazelnut flour, white pepper, cloves and cashew nuts.
    The palate is well-balanced with good structure and volume and a very pleasant lingering finish.

  • Vintage 2010

    • 75% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 10% Carmenère
    • 10% Syrah
    • 5 % Malbec

    Bunches were less compact due to a cooler spring, which resulted in lower potential yield . Consequently, controlled thinning was conducted to attain 7 to 8 tons/ha. Low rainfall resulted in a slight water deficit; however, watering needs were successfully met through automatic irrigation.

    The harvest took place under optimal conditions one week later than the preceding year and barely a month after the earthquake. Despite the difficulties resulting from the earthquake, the vintage was excellent as harvest dates and physiological ripeness were standardized through multispectral imaging to establish various zones .

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Grande Reserve 2010 has a deep ruby red colour with hints of brick. Ripe plum, cherry and blackberry aromas combine with liquorice, black pepper, cocoa, chestnuts, and graphite notes. A complex, elegant, captivating wine.

  • Vintage 2009

    • 75% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 10% Carmenère
    • 10% Syrah
    • 5 % Malbec

    From flowering onwards, the 2009 vintage experienced favourable weather conditions suited to optimal production. The rains were concentrated in the autumn and winter, in quantities close to the averages for the valley. The heat in the early spring was conducive to the buds opening and to the vines developing with controlled vigour. Temperature variations brought beautiful colour, intense fruit aromas and good quality tannins. The grapes ripened in ideal conditions through to the harvests.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Deep ruby red colour. Complex fruity nose, with ripe cherries and blackberries, firm figs and notes of cedar, tobacco, cinnamon, white pepper, mint and bitter chocolate.
    Well-structured on the palate, offering remarkable balance, volume and consistency. A wine to be enjoyed alone or with friends, with a good book or simply for the pleasure of drinking a fine wine.

     

  • Vintage 2008

    • 75% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 10% Carmenère
    • 10% Syrah
    • 5% Malbec

    The 2008 harvest in Colchagua was unuusual. Scarce winter rainfall and a cold spring delayed flowering and then high summer temperatures resulted in lower yields, but more concentrated bunches with good balance and perfect acidity. 

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Deep red ruby colour. The nose presents exuberant fruit, emphasised with a mixture of red fruit that give the wine its character. Notes of ripe cherries, plums, truffles, blackberries and liquorice are followed by a surge of black pepper, bay leaf, cloves and nutmeg. The oak blends in harmoniously adding to the wine’s complexity with aromas of vanilla, chocolate, coconut, graphite, tobacco, cinnamon and mocha.
    The structure is interesting, with balanced acidity, good volume and a persistent, soft, elegant finish.
    A wine that can be enjoyed now or allowed to improve with age.

     

  • Vintage 2007

    • 75% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 10% Carmenère
    • 10% Syrah
    • 5% Malbec

    In Chile, 2007 was generally within the normal weather parameters, although at the beginning of summer there were some extremely hot days but these were managed with irrigation and appropriate canopy management.
    More moderate temperatures at the time of the harvest enabled the grapes to reach an excellent degree of ripeness.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    The colour is a brilliant red ruby. The nose explodes with fruit: black cherry and blackcurrant (Cabernet), strawberry (Malbec), raspberry (Syrah), and plum with light touches of bay leaf and black pepper (Carmenère). The oak is a delicious complement adding cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate and tobacco.

    On the palate it is creamy, intense, and fresh, with balanced acidity, good structure, finishing with a lovely expression of fruit marked by raspberries and sweet cherries, with hints of liquorice. This is a delicate, delicious, charming, harmonious wine.

  • Vintage 2006

    • 65% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 20% Carmenère
    • 10% Syrah
    • 5% Malbec

    2006 was a late vintage in Chile in spite of an extremely hot summer, which was followed by cool temperatures during the harvest, permitting a good staggering during the picking for optimal ripeness without excessive  potential alcohol.  

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    The colour is a lovely shiny, intense ruby with hints of orange. The nose explodes with fruit: black cherry and blackcurrant (Cabernet), strawberry (Malbec), raspberry (Syrah), plum, light mint and black pepper (Carmenère). The oak does not overpower the fruit and contributes delicious aromas of tobacco, cinnamon, and crème brûlée (vanilla, caramel and chocolate). The rich, creamy palate is fresh and very intense, well structured and finishes with intense fruit (raspberries and cherries) accompanied by a hint of liquorice and walnut skin.

     

  • Vintage 2005

    • 75% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 15% Carmenère
    • 5% Syrah
    • 5% Malbec

    Very high temperatures during the summer substantially delayed the grapes’ ripening. A sunny but mild autumn enabled us to wait for ideal ripeness and very good concentration of the grapes.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    The colour is an intense ruby. The nose explodes with fruit: black cherry (Cabernet), strawberry (Malbec), raspberry (Syrah), plum, light mint and black pepper (Carmenère). The oak doe snot overpower the fruit and bring delicious aromas of coffee, tobacco, cinnamon and crème brûlée (vanilla, caramel and chocolate). In the mouth, the wine is fresh, rich, creamy and well-structured. The finish offers intense fruit with cherries and strawberries accompanied by a hint of liquorice.

  • Vintage 2004

    • 92% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 5% Carmenère
    • 3% Syrah

    It was a good weather year with moderate rain in the winter and an ideal spring. The vineyard developed in excellent conditions despite a generally very dry summer. High temperatures in December until harvest time resulted in superb concentration of the grapes. A vintage of excellent quality for Los Vascos.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    The colour is intense ruby, almost black, with some glints of amber. This ‘Grande Reserve’ has a rich bouquet of vanilla, tobacco, cinnamon, cedar and spices. Wood and fruit are seamlessly integrated. Later, the nose develops into ripe black fruit with blackberry and cherry and a hint of blackcurrant. In the mouth, it is rich, round and as voluptuous as a coffee éclair. The tannins are silky and elegant and the wine has impressive length with a pleasant peppery and liquorice finish. A rich harmony!

  • Vintage 2003

    • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

    A good year in terms of weather conditions. Although the winter was rainy, temperatures were mild and warm from December to March. The grapes ripened in very good conditions due to a dry summer.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Grande Reserve 2003 is a deep ruby red colour with glints of amber. The bouquet presents notes of tobacco, vanilla, cinnamon and spices. On the palate, notes of ripe dark fruit linger with powerful tannins, followed by a delicious finish.

  • Vintage 2002

    • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

    Very unusual rainfall at the end of March caused concern before the harvests. Fortunately, the damage was not significant and the harvests took place in normal weather in the Colchagua Valley. The previous summer months had been warm, after a rainy spring. The growing season benefited from very good conditions for the grapes.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    The wine is a deep, brilliant ruby colour with aromas of wild strawberries and hints of chocolate and mint. It is soft and velvety on the palate with powerful, well-structured, well-integrated tannins and red fruit notes.

     

  • Vintage 2001

    • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

    After an exceptionally rainy spring, the growing season benefited from the best possible conditions, and the harvests took place at the usual time (28 March to 17 April).

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    A juicy vintage with an aromatic bouquet; the mellow attack develops with good, well-integrated tannins and a long finish of ripe red fruit.

  • Vintage 2000

    • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

    In terms of weather, the year was characterized by a long growing season with an unusual 32 mm of rain in February. The late ripening led to very late harvesting of the Cabernet Sauvignon, which did not begin until 7 April, the latest in 50 years (150 days between flowering and harvesting as opposed to the usual 120 days). 

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    The vintage has a bright ruby colour, a powerful, fruity bouquet, and a creamy, full-bodied palate. It is long and spicy, with a tannic finish.