91 points, “A lithe and juicy style with energetic red plums and raspberries, holding long, fresh and juicy amid fine tannins.” – James Suckling
The Rothschild family gave the world the First Growths Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild. Since then, they’ve expanded beyond the confines of Bordeaux and set up Flechas de los Andes in their quest to uncover the perfect terroir in Argentina. Located in Vista Flores, south of Mendoza, this collaboration between Baron Edmond de Rothschild and the French billionaire businessman Laurent Dassault gave birth to a rich and creamy Malbec with a sumptuous texture, luscious black fruit, spices, coffee, chocolate, wet earth, dried herbs, cedar and violets. As you would expect of a wine backed by that wealth and expertise, this is a superstar Malbec.
The French side of the Rothschild dynasty is legendary in the wine world. In 1853 Nathaniel de Rothschild created Château Mouton Rothschild, and fifteen years later his uncle James Mayer de Rothschild acquired Château Lafite Rothschild. The former is the most flamboyant of Bordeaux’s First Growths and part of the Primum Familiae Vini – an association of the world’s finest family-owned wineries that include the likes of Antinori, Vega Sicilia, Tenuta San Guido of Sassicaia fame, Egon Müller, Pol Roger, the Symington Family Port house and many more. Neighbouring Château Lafite Rothschild has also become one of the most famous and sought-after wines in the entire world. Esteemed wine critic Neal Martin describes it as the “quintessential wine of elegance”, and it’s widely regarded as the most consistent of the First Growths. In 1962 the Lafite branch of the Rothschild family took the “Lafite Spirit” that they’d nurtured on the great terroir of Pauillac and began to expand their empire. Starting in Bordeaux they procured nearby neighbour Château Duhart-Milon, then Château Rieussec in Sauternes and Pomerol’s Château l’Evangile. They then branched out into South America with Viña Los Vascos in Chile and Bodegas Caro in Argentina, then further afield in France with Languedoc’s Domaines d’Aussières and even into northeast China with a new project called Long Dai. The three Rothschild Barons came together in 2007 to create Champagne Barons de Rothschild. All these ventures work to the same exacting standards as the legendary First Growths, befitting of wine’s most iconic family.
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