Friday, August 4, 2023

Awesome Red from the Rothschild Family


New Chilean wine from Bordeaux's most famous family!
2021 Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Gran Reserva...$20.99

Escudo Rojo is the Spanish translation of the German “Rote Schild” meaning Red Shield. In 1999, the encounter between Chilean soil and Bordeaux expertise gave rise to Escudo Rojo, a branded wine worthy of the Baron Philippe de Rothschild name, synonymous with the high standards of a great winemaking tradition. Vines were first introduced into Chile in the 16th century by the Spanish Conquistadors and their religious orders who needed wine to celebrate mass. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay vines were imported from France in the 19th century in order to make finer wines.

The Escudo Rojo Gran Reserva is a fine blend of traditional grape varieties grown in our own vineyard and in rigorously selected parcels by our partners. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc grapes are selected by our technical team and vinified in the Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Chile bodega. Year after year, that subtle combination yields a round, complex and concentrated wine with attractively expressive fruit.

A pretty nose with an array of strawberries and black cherries. Some sweet spices, chocolate and grilled herbs, too. Juicy and medium- to full-bodied on the palate with firm, very fine-grained tannins. Generous, ripe but fresh. 39% cabernet sauvignon, 39% carmenere, 6% cabernet franc, 9% syrah and 7% petit verdot. Drink now or hold. 
Rated 93/100 James Suckling

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