The American wine critic, James Suckling, has revealed his Wine of the Year, awarding 100 points to Chile’s Almaviva and its 2015 vintage. Its “intensity, structure and balance” particularly seduced the critic.
Almaviva is a joint venture between Bordeaux’s Rothschild family (Mouton Rothschild brand) and Chile’s Conta y Toro. Suckling said, “It underlines the movement away from overdone, jammy wines to a neoclassicism with energy and finesse. It also highlights how South America, specifically Chile, has come into its own as a wine area, producing superb wines that can complete with the best in the world.”
According to Liv-Ex, the wine was released in September at €78 per bottle ex-negociant.
In 1997 Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and Eduardo Guilisasti Tagle, Chairman of Vina Concha y Toro forged a partnership with a view to create an exceptional Chilean equivalent of a Bordeaux Grand Cru Classe. This wine was to be called called Almaviva.
Located in the Maipo Valley, in Chile's central zone, the Puente Alto vineyards behind Almaviva are recognized for offering ideal conditions for growing the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. It is here that 85 hectares have been reserved exclusively for Almaviva.
Since Almaviva's launch in 1998 the wines popularity has rocketed. Now seen as one of the finest wines in the world Almaviva kudos has to go to winemaker Tod Mostero for producing a wine of such consistent high quality.