The Akarua Vineyard is a unique site, comprising 52 ha, including 34.5 ha of vines nestled in the foothills of the mountains, along the Kawarau River and amidst stunning scenery. Located in the Central Otago region of Bannockburn, it is set in three west facing terraces and enjoys full year-round sunshine. This exceptional terroir offers a great expression of pinot noir, as a reflection of the spectacular mountains that surround the property. Akarua means "two vines" in Maori, referring to the original grape varieties planted in 1995 by Sir Clifford Skeggs: pinot noir and chardonnay. They already represent 78.5% and 2% of the share, respectively, plus some Pinot Gris and Riesling.
Amistà is the result of an unprecedented approach to creating an exceptional rosé. Produced in just 5,000 bottles, from the best Crus Classés of Côtes de Provence, Amistà is a rare and precious rosé, in the image of the friendship that unites Ariane de Rothschild and Valérie Rousselle.
The 2019 Masseto, harvested a little later than usual, benefited from the sunny but mild climate of early September, giving it a dense but harmonious expression. The young color suggests a rich and intense wine, the nose shows typical aromas of ripe cherries, violet, licorice and dark chocolate. The palate is broad and dense with velvety, refined tannins that cover the palate, leaving a fresh and vibrant finish. 98 Points Robert Parker 98 Wine Spectator Points 99 Falstaff Points
Masseto 2018 is a wine that perfectly expresses its unique terroir and its vintage, with its dark color and its expressive nose of perfectly ripe plums and cherries, as well as some spicy touches of new oak. On the palate, the wine is ample and rich, qualities expected of a Masseto, but it also shows the refined and silky texture so typical of the 2018 vintage. The finish is long, with a nice refreshing tannic presence. A particularly elegant version of Masseto, combining richness and refinement. 97 points Robert Parker
Delicate, elegant and subtle. THE BIRTH OF A GREAT NEW WORLD VINTAGE, A PIONEER CHALLENGE This partnership between two families, Rothschild and Dassault, as well as the common desire to produce an excellent Argentine wine, gave rise to Flechas de los Andes Gran Cabernet Franc.
A particularly dry year, 2020 began with a cold, dry winter, resulting in late bud break, particularly during the first two weeks of October. Spring and summer were marked by high temperatures, but also by drought. These conditions favored a rapid maturation of the vine and an early harvest, which ended three to four weeks earlier than in recent years. Despite this extreme climate and thanks to the rigor of the teams, the 2020 vintage reveals a fruity structure, a fresh expression and a rare tension. 98 points James Suckling 96 points Robert Parker
Epu is the second wine from Almaviva, emblematic estate of Chile, born in 1997 from the collaboration between Philippine de Rothschild (owner of Grands Crus Bordelais, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Clerc Million...) and Concha y Toro, emblem of Chilean wine. EPU 2020 is a sublimely accessible vintage to discover the perfection of wines from the star estate of Puente Alto. Epu 2020 is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (81%), Carmenere (12%), Merlot (5%) e Cabernet Franc (2%). The wine is aged in one-year-old French oak barrels, which were used to age the property's first wine for 12 months.
Cassis, vanilla, melted tannins... A glass full of good sensations preparing a happy final. Saint-Estèphe, the most northerly of the Médoc appellations, has numerous clearly delineated gravelly outcrops over a wide variety of subsoils ranging from limestone and marl to clay. Baron Philippe de Rothschild has selected parcels with generous, draining soils that yield robust yet gentle wines.