Almaviva Epu 2019

Rated 94 James Suckling
93+ The Wine Advocate

Don’t miss out on the North American debut release of Almavivia’s second label Epu! Just five cases are on offer today from one of Chile’s top estates and a collaboration between two great wine making dynasties – Baron Philippe de Rothschild, founded in 1853 and Concha y Toro, founded in 1883.

The project brings together the winemaking history of two cultures, Chile and France, expressed through the terroir of Chile – soil, climate, and its vineyards, and influenced by the winemaking savoir-faire, elegance, and traditions of Premier Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux.

It is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Carmenere, 2% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc from the same exceptional vines and terroir of Almaviva, Puente Alto. Thanks to its stony alluvial soils, moderate rains, proximity to the Andes Mountains and hot days and cool nights, Puente Alto is considered one of the best locations for growing Cabernet Sauvignon in the world. This vineyard provided the inspiration for Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Concha y Toro to choose this site, in this unique place, from all possible locations around the world.

The press has already taken note of this terrific wine praising it with top scores – especially for a second wine! All I can say is don’t delay – at about one third the price of the Grand Vin this will go fast!

94 James Suckling ““Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and fresh flowers. Very cool and pure. Medium-bodied with fine, linear and very integrated tannins that are compressed and silky-textured.”

93+ Wine ADvocate “The first truly international release of the second wine is going to be the 2019 Epu, which has changed image and label, looking a little more like Almaviva, and is going to be sold through the Bordeaux négoce. 2019 was a very dry vintage, and the blend is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Carmenere, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc with slightly higher alcohol than 2018 and with lower acidity, matured in used barriques for one year. In terms of freshness, the wine is quite similar to the 2018 that I tasted next to it, obviously a little younger, quite intense and fruit-driven, spicy and herbal, with a creamy texture and fine-grained tannins. It’s a second wine, but they also want to do something different and Epu is perhaps a little more classical, perhaps this is more Bordeaux and Almaviva is more Chilean. 70,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2020 and January 2021.”

$54.98

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