2018 Almaviva (Baron Philippe de Rothschild), Puente Alto, Chile

Stock Description

En Primeur In Bond per 6x75cl

Vintage Description

The vintage 2018 in Chile was magnificent, one of the best of the decade, recognized for its exceptional quality, balance and complexity. Vintage 2018 resulted in the perfect combination between a generous harvest and a tremendously high level of quality on all the Bordeaux varieties.

Tasting Notes

Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate 96/100
2018 was a cooler year with more rain and a later budding and ripening of the grapes, especially in a cooler terroir close to the Andes, as is the case with Almaviva. The harvest was slow, as temperatures went down, further increasing the balance between freshness and ripeness of the grapes. The varietal breakdown is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Carmenère (from Peumo), 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The grapes ripened thoroughly, as the 14.9% alcohol of the final blend shows, a little higher than previous years and with similar readings of acidity.

The wine feels quite complete and nicely crafted; they use all of their resources and technology to select the perfect grapes that ferment pristinely destemmed and crushed in stainless steel tanks at 25 to 28 degrees Celsius, mostly with selected yeasts. It matured for 18 months in French oak barrels, 73% of them new and the remaining 27% second use. It's a solid, well-built and seamless Almaviva, with clout and balance. 2018 was a more homogeneous vintage, globally considered one of the best in recent times in Chile.

It feels like a very complete wine, from a year when the seasons were marked and when the plant followed the development with almost textbook conditions, the grapes ripened thoroughly, developing more flavors and nuances while keeping the freshness. This is still a baby, extremely young and creamy, but it is still approachable; there are no edges, but what's remarkable is the balance and stuffing and all the necessary ingredients for a great development in bottle. This is quite different from 2016; it's a vintage with power and clout, a wine that has fruit and intensity and is balanced, without the concentration and tannins of the 2017. It's a more complete year that combines the finesse of 2016 with more thorough ripeness. Drink Date 2020 - 2035 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Carmenere, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

Vineyard Information

In 1997, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and Eduardo Guilisasti Tagle, Chairman of Viña Concha y Toro sealed a partnership agreement with a view to create Almaviva. Produced under the joint technical supervision of both partners, the first vintage achieved immediate international success upon its launch in 1998

Named after Count Almaviva, the hero of Beaumarchais' The Marriage of Figaro, whilst the label reflects Chile's ancestral history, with a stylized design that symbolizes the earth and the cosmos in the Mapuche civilization. The label bears the name Almaviva in Beaumarchais' handwriting.

Colour Red Origin Chile
Region South America Red ABV 13.50%
Drink From 2022 Drink To 2036
Special occasion, Fine Wine, Wine for the Cellar

£606.00per 6 bottles

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