Viña Aquitania Maipo Valley
This property was originally established as Domaine Paul Bruno in 1984 by the Bordelais’ Bruno Prats of Cos d’Estournel and Paul Pontallier the winemaker at Margaux. They purchased around 18 ha (44 acres) in 1990 at Quebrada de Macul, in the heart of the Maipo at the foot of the Andes. They have since been joined by Chilean oenologist Felipe de Solminihac and Champagne oenologist Ghislain de Montgolfier. The wines are distinctly French in style with just a touch of the vibrant fruit that the best from Chile has become famed for. The mineral and subtly citrus scented Chardonnay Sol de Sol is sourced from the south of the country in cool Malleco, which is barrel fermented in 40% new wood and aged for 10 months with full malolactic and lees stirring. A Pinot Noir is also now produced from the area. The second red Aquitania Reserve is from Cabernet Sauvignon. A relatively cool post-fermentation maceration for a couple of weeks helps soften the wine and lift its vibrant berry fruit. Ageing is in a mix of older oak and stainless steel. The Lazuli is a rich, concentrated smoky and cedary 100% Cabernet Sauvignon which is traditionally vinified, vatting is for over three weeks with fermentation at medium to high temperatures and ageing in 60% new wood for 16 months. Expect the wine to develop well over five to seven years. (DM)
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