2017 Caro, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and Nicolas Catena, Mendoza

Vintage Description

The 2017 vintage was characterized by slightly above average rainfall, especially during bud break. Temperatures were close to the seasonal average, apart from an episode of frost on October 21st that caused some damage to the vines. Towards the end of the summer, the nights became warmer than usual, which, combined with a generally dry quarter, had an accelerating effect on the ripening cycle and the harvest started two weeks early. The resulting grapes showed great balance between sugar and acidity, and the Malbec reached tannins of remarkable softness. The Cabernet Sauvignon from deeper soils had a slower maturity, while those from stony soils reached an excellent balance with their typical spicy character.

AN EXCEPTIONAL YEAR FOR MALBEC
Malbec is very sensitive to low temperatures during the fruit set. The frost of October 21 led to reduce the production between 25 and 50%, depending on the area and the plot. However, Malbec benefited greatly from the dry and warm days after the summer, which allowed it to reach the typical expression of the high altitude vineyards of Mendoza. The grapes were characterized by their unique balance between sugar and acidity, along with the traditional softness of Malbec tannins. The Malbec harvest in the First Zone took place between March 13 and April 11. In the Uco Valley, the harvest was carried out between March 15 and 29 of the same month, which implied an anticipation of up to three weeks for some plots.

A BALANCED SEASON FOR CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Wetter days prior to veraison contributed to the different plots, evolving according to their type of soil. The Cabernet Sauvignon from deeper soils had a slower maturity, while those from stony soils reached an excellent balance and their typical spicy character with greater agility. The Cabernet Sauvignon harvest began on March 23 and ended on April 7, being all these grapes from the Uco Valley and with an anticipation of up to three weeks for some plots.


Tasting Notes

97 points, ??This is one of the most direct and clear Caros in a long time... One for the cellar.? - James Suckling

This wine has a dark, intense color, with hints of violet. The nose reveals a complex mix of aromas including raspberry, black pepper, violets, cloves and subtle notes of dark chocolate. On the palate the wine is well-balanced with a refreshing acidity and ripe tannins that contribute to the harmony and smoothness of the palate. This wine will reveal its complexity with further bottle ageing. Malbec 74%, Cabernet sauvignon 26%


Vineyard Information

What happens when two people, both focussed on producing wine of the highest order but on different continents, get together and decide to make wine together? Well, we have just tasted the results and they are stunning. What you literally get is all the winemaking skill, the hand-crafted care and attention to detail of a first class wine, applied to different grapes grown in warmer conditions.

The idea of forming a partnership between Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and the Catena family was first mooted in 1998. Initial enthusiasm quickly became a concrete plan to produce a single wine that would combine French and Argentine cultures and the two signature grapes of each producer, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Catena family has produced wine for three generations. Consequently, it was able to draw on its vast knowledge of the high altitude terroirs of the Mendoza region as well as its passion for Malbec. DBR (Lafite) contributed its centuries-old skills in growing, vinifying and ageing great Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as its know-how in blending different grape varieties to produce one wine that is greater than the sum of its parts.


Colour Red Origin Argentina
Region South America Red ABV 13.50%
Drink From 2020 Drink To 2030
Special occasion, Fine Wine, Wine for the Cellar