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The wines of Los Vascos, Colchagua, Chile  

Los Vascos is the Chilean outpost of Domaines Barons de Rothschild-Lafite (www.lafite.com). ‘We wanted to make a band-sized quantity of wine that was delicious to drink but very affordable’, says Eric de Rothschild of his decision to venture into Chile. ‘Los Vascos is more expensive than other Chilean wines, but it is more drinkable’. Can the best Chilean wines compete with the best from Bordeaux, though? ‘You can make delicious wines in Chile’, says Eric, ‘but you do reach your limits’.

Los Vascos Chardonnay 2005 Colchagua
Lovely fresh, brightly fruited nose leads to a lively palate with fresh fruit. Appealing stuff with lemon and grapefruit freshness. Very good+ 88/100 (£7.50 dozens of independent merchants)

Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Colchagua
Minerally, herby edge to the bright red fruits nose. Savoury, slightly spicy palate is supple and approachable. A lightish drinkable sort of wine. Very good+ 87/100 (£7.50 dozens of independent merchants)

Los Vascos Grande Reserve 2003 Colchagua
A varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. Nice dark spicy blackcurrant fruit nose is rich but not over the top. The palate has some sweetness to the fruit, with good spicy structure and some chocolatey richness. Really good balance. Very good+ 89/100 (£10.50 dozens of independents)

Le Dix de Los Vascos 2002 Colchagua
Deep, rich, spicy and chocolatey nose with dark fruits. The palate is concentrated with nicely weighted rich, dark fruit and smooth spicy tannins. A rich yet still elegant style. Very good/excellent 91/100 (£25 Laithwaites, Lay & Wheeler)

Le Dix de Los Vascos 2001 Cochagua
Really lovely, full, ripe spicy nose. Nice balance on the palate with savoury, spicy red and black fruits. It’s rich but in balance. Very good/excellent 92/100

Le Dix de Los Vascos 1999 Colchagua
Very fresh red fruits nose is supple and smooth. Ripe fruit on the palate showing nice balance and a delicious smoothness. Very good/excellent 90/100

Wines tasted 11/05
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