- Bodegas Caro
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Malbec
- 2009 - 2024
- Case size
- Available Now
Goedhuis, September 2009
This joint venture between the esteemed Rothschild family of Ch Lafite in the Medoc and Dr Nicolas Catena, the well respected premium Argentinian winemaker is sensational. We have been buying it since it was first released in 2000 and have just received our allocation of the excellent 2005 vintage which is superb. The fruit is ripe and juicy. It will drink well now and will keep on doing so for 12 - 15 years easily. The blend is 65/35 Cabernet/Malbec, classic "left bank". It spends 18 months ageing in 60% new oak barrels and total production is 5000 cases. It exhibits luxurious amounts of blueberry, blackcurrant, cassis, lead pencil with gorgeous texture, purity and length. It really is a treat and one of the best wines to come out of South America.
Sumptuous Cabernet/Malbec blend from Eric de Rothschild and Catena. Notably more elegant than most Argentine reds and very, very long.
A possible partnership between Domaines Barons de Rothschild-Lafite and the Catenafamily was first mooted in 1988. Initial enthusiasm quickly became a concrete plan to produce asingle wine that would combine French and Argentine cultures and the two signature grapes of each producer, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Catena family has produced wine for threegenerations. 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. Located in the heart of the Mendoza region, the winery at Bodegas Caro is also at the centre of the Caro project. The wines have been made here since the 2002 vintage and work is still in progress in the cellar to further improve facilities.
Mendoza is the largest viticultural region in Argentina, located in the west of Argentina around the city of the same name. The region accounts for more than two-thirds of the country's total wineproduction, which focuses on red wine production. Malbec is the most important grape variety but Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, among many others, are also grown. Central Mendoza has the longest tradition for fine wine production as the climate is temperate and the soils are unusually gravelly for Argentina as elsewhere in Mendoza soils are typically alluvial and sandy.