Almaviva Red Wine 2015
WINE OF THE YEAR 2017 :: JAMES SUCKLING.COM
In 1997, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, from Mouton Rothschild, and Eduardo Guilisasti Tagle, from Viña Concha y Toro, sealed a partnership agreement to create an exceptional Franco-Chilean wine called Almaviva. Produced under the joint technical supervision of both partners, the first vintage achieved immediate international success upon its launch in 1998. Made from a blend of classic Bordeaux varieties, in which Cabernet Sauvignon predominates, Almaviva expresses the soil and climate of Chile with the winemaking savoir-faire and traditions of France. Almaviva is a Bordeaux-inspired blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
'Almaviva is the name both of the winery and of the sole wine produced here, and it is already considered one of the greatest names of Chile. In fact, for the first time, their 2015 scored a perfect 100-points and was one of only three perfect wines in this year’s big Chile report. Indeed there’s much that sets apart this Valle de Maipo estate. A joint venture between Château Mouton Rothschild and Concha y Toro since 1997, Almaviva marries first-growth expertise and Chilean soils in a bottle of largely cabernet sauvignon. The warm but moderate microclimate and well-drained clay soils of the Puente Alto vineyard make this cabernet blend powerful, meaty, fresh and citrusy. It was named the JamesSuckling.com Wine of the Year 2017 on November 2 at the Great Wines of the World Asia event dinner at the Mandarian Hotel in Hong Kong.' —James Suckling, Editor
James SucklingA glorious and complex nose of tobacco, blackberries and hints of stones and flowers. Hints of bitter chocolate. Full-bodied, very tight and compacted. Linear backbone gives this form and tension. It has the same character on the palate as well as cayenne and other spice. Loved the 2014 but this shows more fine-grained tannins. So balanced and harmonious. A blend of 69% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenere, 5% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Needs four or five years in bottle but a joy to taste now.
Wine SpectatorPowerful, rich and full of juicy dark plum, cherry tart and berry compote flavors that are creamy and lush. Hints of French roast and spice emerge midpalate, with a long finish that is elegant and savory. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2023.