Almaviva was established in 1996 by Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Château Mouton-Rothschild and Concha y Toro. Their aim was to create the first Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé equivalent in Chile.
Over the last 20 years, their reputation has grown hugely and the 2015 vintage marked the wines true arrival on the international stage with 100 Points from American critic James Suckling.
The 2016 vintage is “faithful in style and precision with its famous predecessors’’. A more delicate, refined and fresher Almaviva vintage, making it a very exciting new release. It is a “remarkably graceful and silky wine” according to Michel Friou, the winemaker. The blend is classical as usual, with 66% of Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% of Carmenère, 8% of Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Matured in French new oak barrels for 16 months giving it a gorgeous mouthfeel and structure.
There has been a much reduced allocation in 2016, so quantities are limited. But these are undoubtedly superb wines, and a firm favourite at Seckford Wines.
2016 Almaviva - £558 per six bottles in bond.
97 Points (James Suckling)
A very fine and elegant Almaviva with fresh fruit and herb character. Medium-to-full body, tight and focused with very fine, linear tannins and a chocolate and light cedar undertone to the whole thing. Savory, too. Smoked meat and succulent. It's tight but opens with air. Classicism here. 66% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenere, 8% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Drink in 2021.
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