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Aquitania Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Lazuli 2011

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93+ points Luis Gutierrez (Wine Advocate): Finally, the 2011 Lazuli Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Maipo, the classical zone for the grape in Chile. This is the first vintage when Lazuli is produced exclusively from grapes grown in the lower part of their vineyard in Quebrada de Macul. Until then, they had supplemented their own grapes with purchased ones, and therefore there is a jump in vintages and no Lazuli was produced between 2007 and 2010. It has a textbook Cabernet from Alto Maipo nose with those minty notes, the brightness of fruit and the aromatic herbs, it really reminded me of the best Cabs from Macul. To get rid of the excess of eucalyptus you have to pick earlier, and that's what they are doing. The palate is medium-bodied, with fine-grained tannins, great freshness and acidity. For Prats getting tannins as soft as this from a pure Cabernet is not easy, and he thinks this is the magic of this special place. Drink: 2016-2023. (Dec 2015)

Region: Chile

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Winery: Viña Aquitania
Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Viña Aquitania:
In 1984, Bruno Prats and Paul Pontallier, two well-known agronomists and oenologists from Bordeaux, France, decided to look for high quality land in Chile to plant a totally new vineyard. Their third associate was their Chilean friend agronomist and oenologist Felipe de Solminihac, whose origins are actually French. In 1990, they acquired 43 acres in the 'Quebrada de Macul' - historically the ... Read more
In 1984, Bruno Prats and Paul Pontallier, two well-known agronomists and oenologists from Bordeaux, France, decided to look for high quality land in Chile to plant a totally new vineyard. Their third associate was their Chilean friend agronomist and oenologist Felipe de Solminihac, whose origins are actually French. In 1990, they acquired 43 acres in the 'Quebrada de Macul' - historically the heart of the Maipo Valley vineyard - at the foot of the Andes Mountain, near Santiago city. They planted typical Bordeaux varieties, grown in Chile for many years already. The construction of the cellar was completed in 1993. In January 2003, Ghislain de Montgolfier, an agronomist and oenologist from the Champagne region in France, and an old friend of the founders, became the fourth associate, or the 'fourth musketeer' as he says, evoking the novel of Alexander Dumas. Read less

93+ points Luis Gutierrez (Wine Advocate): Finally, the 2011 Lazuli Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Maipo, the classical zone for the grape in Chile. This is the first vintage when Lazuli is produced exclusively from grapes grown in the lower part of their vineyard in Quebrada de Macul. Until then, they had supplemented their own grapes with purchased ones, and therefore there is a jump in vintages and no Lazuli was produced between 2007 and 2010. It has a textbook Cabernet from Alto Maipo nose with those minty notes, the brightness of fruit and the aromatic herbs, it really reminded me of the best Cabs from Macul. To get rid of the excess of eucalyptus you have to pick earlier, and that's what they are doing. The palate is medium-bodied, with fine-grained tannins, great freshness and acidity. For Prats getting tannins as soft as this from a pure Cabernet is not easy, and he thinks this is the magic of this special place. Drink: 2016-2023. (Dec 2015)

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