- MANUEL LOUZADA, CEO Almaviva: „It has been 25 years since Baroness Philippine de Rothschild (1933-2014), Chairwoman of the supervisory Board of Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A., and Don Eduardo Guilisasti Tagle (1920-1998), Chairman of Viña Concha y Toro S.A., sealed the birth of Almaviva, a profound alliance between two historical wine families: Baron Philippe de Rothschild, founded in 1853, and Viña Concha y Toro, founded in 1883. _is special bond, prodigious spirit and sincere commitment between the family owners has not only remained intact, but has also grown prosperously since 1997.
Almaviva is the result of the extraordinary encounter between two worlds and two cultures. Chile offers the force of nature, a perfect terroir with passionate people, remarkable climate conditions and singular soils planted with exceptional vineyards, while France contributes with its unique savor-faire, pursuit of elegance and long-lasting traditions.
On this special occasion in which Almaviva celebrates its 25th Anniversary, we are proud to introduce you to Almaviva 2020 together with EPU 2020. _e excellent quality of this vintage, which has generated great expectations for the upcoming September release, is a real testimony of an outstanding and unique terroir, combined with excellent climatic conditions and a passionate and dedicated team totally committed to the creation of Almaviva, even against all adversities.
For this reason, I would very much like to propose a toast to celebrate 25 years with each and everyone that have been part of the history and marvelous success of this amazing Bordeaux blend wine. A toast for the wonderful and prosperous future ahead of Almaviva!
- 96 Punkte Robert Parkers WINE ADVOCATE, Luis Gutierrez: „2020 was exceptionally dry, with 75% less rain than usual in the period between May and September, which resulted in an earlier harvest to produce a 2020 Almaviva with 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Carmenère (from Peumo), 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, so with no Merlot this time. The process was as careful as possible, without using any bombs, doing manual and optical sorting of the grapes, pressing in small vertical presses and aging of 20 months in French oak barrels, 73% of them new and the rest second use. The wine reached good ripeness with 14.9% alcohol. It still shows the effect of the élevage a bit, with abundant notes of sweet spices, a creamy touch and some smoke. I tasted it next to the 2019, and the wines have a very similar aromatic palette with a clear note of baked peppers. What was amazing in 2020 was that they harvested the Carmenere almost five weeks earlier than they normally would, and the result is not a green wine at all. As in all dry years, the wines show a little more tannic, a little in the style of the 2017—but the 2020 has more tension than the 2017, and the 2017 was more powerful and with a bigger tannic structure. The 2019 had more volume than the 2018, and the 2020 is closer to the 2019 than the 2018. 200,000 bottles produced. It was bottled during the second half of February 2022.“
- 98 Punkte JAMES SUCKLING: „Fresh and deep nose, full of blueberries, minty cassis, mussels, cigars, dark spice and roasted sesame oak, which will need a year or two to fully integrate. A medium-to full-bodied Almaviva with supple, silky tannins and a wealth of black and blue fruit that provides a lot of charm now. Voluptuous and flattering on the palate, hallmarked by its tension and taut texture. Very long. This is the 25th anniversary bottling. 68% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenere, 6% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Drinkable now, but better from 2024.“
- 95 Punkte JANE ANSON: „Now one of the old hands on the Place de Bordeaux and still setting the pace; full of complexity and pleasure, with an embrace of blueberry and raspberry fruits. Cardamon, turmeric spices with lemongrass and dill, giving sculpted lifted acidities that have been maintained through the heat of 2020, an impressive wine with a floral edge. The 2020 vintage marks 25 years of this property. Winemaker Michel Friou. 75% new oak.“
|Jane Anson:||95 JA|
|James Suckling:||98 JS|
|Rebsorte(n):||CarmenerePetit VerdotCabernet SauvignonCabernet Franc|
|Parker Wine Advocate:||96 RPWA|
|Reben:||68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Carmenere, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot|
|% vol Alk:||15,0|
|Notizen des Weinguts:||The vintage 2020 was a magnicent vintage, due to the particularly dry climatic conditions. A vintage that will be remembered as one of the most challenging for the team, that with great eort, commitment and dedication, was able to achieve an exceptional result. Winter was dramatically dry with only 64 mm of rainfall from May to September 2019, 75% less than the historical average of 256 mm. During the same winter period, the temperatures were alternatively lower and higher than usual, resulting in a bud break occurring a bit later than expected, mainly during the rst two weeks of a cold October. e temperatures increased signicantly in November, and stayed at higher levels than usual during all Spring and Summer. roughout the whole vegetative cycle, we hoped for rain and considered initially the drought as the main issue of the vintage. Paradoxically, the heats and the drought became a real blessing as they generated an early ripening process and obliged us to harvest naturally earlier and faster than usual, under the pressure of the incipient pandemic. All our grapes were quickly harvested between March 13th and April 17th, ending 3-4 weeks earlier than usual. e particular conditions of the year concentrated the savors in the berries, producing a wonderful vintage 2020 with lots of fruit, freshness, density and tension. TAsting Notes An appealing dark and vibrant ruby color. e nose is pure and layered, displaying a generous and elegant bouquet of blackberry, ripe cassis and wild strawberry, associated to mineral hints and delicate notes of violet, ink, vanilla and dark chocolate. On the palate, the wine shows an outstanding balance, full of life, density and structure, roundness and savors. Rened, well ripened and coated tannins grant this wine a voluptuous texture, perfectly balanced by a great acidity, as the evolution leaves an impression of plenitude, length and harmony. An elegant and well-built wine from an excellent and memorable dry vintage.|
|Potenziell allergene Substanzen:||Enthält Sulfite. Kann Spuren von Eiweiß, Gelatine und Milch enthalten.|
|Importeur/Inverkehrbringer:||Ginestet, 19 av. De Fontenille, 33360 Carignan de Bordeaux, France|
|Warnungen:||Der Konsum von alkoholhaltigen Getränken während der Schwangerschaft kann selbst in geringen Mengen schwere Konsequenzen für die Gesundheit des Kindes nach sich ziehen.|
|Hersteller:||Vina Almaviva S.A., Puente Alto, Chile|
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