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Vintage 2002

THE IDEA OF FORMING a partnership between Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and the Catena family was first mooted in 1998. Initial enthusiasm quickly became a concrete plan to produce a single wine that would combine French and Argentine cultures and the two signature grapes of each producer, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Both partners brought much to the party.

THE CATENA FAMILY has produced wine for three generations. Consequently, it was able to draw on its vast knowledge of the high altitude terroirs of the Mendoza region as well as its passion for Malbec. DBR (Lafite) contributed its centuries-old skills in growing, vinifying and ageing great Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as its know-how in blending different grape varieties to produce one wine that is greater than the sum of its parts.

EXCHANGES AND SELECTION WORK were begun in 1999 to produce CARO's first vintage in 2000. The success of the early vintages resulted in the creation of another wine in 2003: Amancaya which, like its older brother, is based on a harmonious balance between Argentinian identity and Bordeaux style. Bodegas Caro then decided to celebrate the grape variety for which Argentina's vineyards are famous by selecting a pure Malbec, ARUMA, starting with the 2010 vintage.

THE BODEGAS CARO WINERY, in the heart of Mendoza, has been producing the wines since the 2003 vintage and serves as the anchor of the CARO project. The renovation of the historic building and gardens in order to expand the winery and open the Bodega to the outside brings the final touch to the original project.

Grape varieties:
Cabernet Sauvignon 65 to 75% and Malbec 25 to 35%

Length of ageing in oak barrels:
18 months, including 60% in new barrels

Average annual production:
5,000 cases

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A blend of 40% Malbec and 60% Cabernet with a deep purple red colour and garnet red hue. Excellent nose with aroma reminiscent of Cuban tobacco, cedar wood, mild spices with hints of elegant leather in the background. On the palate elegant with silky tannins, excellent structure and length, well made with freshness, displaying a certain maturity but a very good potential.
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Mendoza, Uco Valley

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Caro 2002  ( Bodegas Caro )

"A blend of 40% Malbec and 60% Cabernet with a deep purple red colour and garnet red hue. Excellent nose with aroma reminiscent of Cuban tobacco, cedar wood, mild spices with hints of elegant leather in the background. On the palate elegant with silky tannins, excellent structure and length, well made with freshness, displaying a certain maturity but a very good potential. "

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