Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Amancaya 2012
Deep crimson color. The nose presents aromas of red and black fruit, with redcurrants and plums, and a little mint and cedar. The bouquet fills out with notes of vanilla, spices and mocha from the French oak. On the palate, the tannic texture is pleasant and well balanced. The tannins are refined and gentle. There is a pleasant sensation of softness in the mouth. This is a deep, flavorful wine which can be drunk now but which will reveal more of its character in three to five years.
70% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A., established in 1933, is located at Pauillac in the Medoc. Famous for two centuries, first in banking then in wine, the Rothschild name comes from the German phrase "Das Rote Schild"—a reference to the Red Shield which originally served as the family sign. They have been motivated by a constant ambition: to make the world's finest wines, each in its own category—from the chateaux wines like the renowned Chateau Mouton Rothschild, their flagship wine, to branded wines such as the famous Mouton Cadet. Chateau Lafite Rothschild, located in the village of Pauillac in the Medoc, is the headquarters of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). It was purchased in 1868 by Baron James de Rothschild, which was under public sale at the time. Just 3 months after the purchase, Baron James passed away, and Lafite became the joint property of his three sons. Today, along with the acquisitions of several chateaus, successive generations have passed on their high standards and perseverance in producing the best possible wines from an exceptional terroir. Nicolas Catena and Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), vignerons since the 19th century have combined their deep knowledge of Mendoza's terroir and the art of winemaking to create Amancaya. Amancaya is a blend based on the elegant texture of Cabernet Sauvignon enhanced by the fruit of Argentinean Malbec. The native Indian women of Mendoza used Amancaya, flower of the Andes, to decorate their hair in the spring.