Château Los Boldos Vieilles Vignes

Cachapoal Andes, cachapoal andes Chile

Situated 100 kilometres south of Santiago in the foothills of the Cachapoal Andes, this estate has been transformed since being purchased by Sogrape in 2008. Renowned soil scientist and viticultural consultant Pedro Parra (of Clos des Fous) was brought in to assess the plots and match the appropriate grape variety with the different soils around the estate.  The type of rootstock, planting density, orientation and the frequency of irrigation were all within Pedro's remit, and the results – significantly improved grapes – are now being seen in the wines, especially since Victor Arce, previously of Perez Cruz, joined as winemaker in 2016.

The first vineyards were planted in 1948 and the estate was founded in 1991. As with Montes, their focus from an early stage has been on the production of premium wines. Today, Château Los Boldos has 170 hectares of vineyards planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Syrah. The Mediterranean climate, with its clear, bright skies during the summer and a high diurnal temperature range, is ideal for growing fruit that retains fresh acidity while achieving optimum ripeness. The nearby Cachapoal river also moderates temperatures, while stony alluvial soils in the vineyard ensure low yields. Los Boldos makes wine exclusively from their own vineyards, therefore retaining control from grape to bottle.

The Vieilles Vignes Merlot is made from vines that are over 60 years old and which produce fruit with increased layers of complexity, depth and intensity. Soft spice and vanilla notes from ageing in new French oak barrels for 12 months complement the rich fruit aromas.

 

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