Bodegas Caro (Rothschild) 2013
6x75cl – £135 IB
£176.98 incl duty and VAT
Special Offer: Buy 18 bottles or more for £130 IB per case
‘For those who can no longer accompany every dinner with a bottle of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, there is always this Argentinean estate, Bodegas Caro, which offers high quality wines at far more affordable prices.’ Neal Martin
Since our offer last year, we have received superb feedback in regards to Caro 2012, which completely sold out on the UK market. Today we are delighted to be able to offer the excellent 2013, which has been awarded 96 points from James Suckling. Priced at £135 per case of six bottles, or £22.50 per bottle, Bodegas Caro 2013 is truly compelling. Bodegas Caro rises in price quickly once released, the 2012 and the 2010 have already passed £200 a case. This reflects the superb release price they offer collectors.
Suckling describes the 2013 as ‘Complex and complete’, it boasts ‘Extremely beautiful aromas of dried flower, currant, fresh leather and some tar. Full body with silky tannins that give a beautiful texture that leads to ripe currant, orange peel and incense.’ In fact, the 2013 vintage in Argentina is very good, resulting in healthy grapes, benefiting from a long ripening period and very promising wines. As such, it comes as no surprise that the 2013 is a superb wine, perhaps even surpassing the 2012 and 2010. In 2013 they have increased the percentage of Malbec to 50%, up from 25% in 2012 and inversely, reduced the Cabernet Sauvignon to 50%. This provides it with even more power and complexity, as Suckling says, ‘So beautiful now but will age gracefully.’ With less than 3,000 case made, 2013 will sell out quickly, at today’s first tranche price.
Bodegas Caro is a joint venture between Nicolas Zapata and Domaines Barons de Rothschild. This goes a long way to explaining how such an impressive wine has been created. The former is known as the leading winemaker in Argentina whose pioneering vision has elevated the region’s wine’s worldwide. The latter are no other than the owners of Chateau Lafite Rothschild. The name Caro is a contraction of Catena and Rothschild.
The synthesis of these two winemaking greats was first proposed in 1988 and was realised in 1993, debuting with the 1999/2000 harvest. The idea was to utilise Nicolas Zapata’s Argentine identity, characterised with Malbec, while adding the Rothschild elegance and expertise with Cabernet Sauvignon. The progeny is a wine that combines Argentinian distinctiveness with a Bordeaux style. In fact Neal Martin for one confirms the fusion as a success, ‘I admired the fact that there is an inescapable, tangible Old World tincture to these wines that lends them personality and breeding, perhaps a welcome antidote to the more hedonistic wines that flourish.’
Nicolas Catena is the world’s master of growing grapes in high altitude terroir, producing wines in Mendoza for three generations. Domaines Barons de Rothschild has centuries of excellence with the Cabernet Sauvignon grape, along with blending wines. The Caro winery is the heart of the project. The 2013 vintage was aged for 18 months in 60% new French oak, the kind of treatment the Grand Vin of Lafite Rothschild receives!
96 Points, James Suckling
Extremely beautiful aromas of dried flower, currant, fresh leather and some tar. Full body with silky tannins that give a beautiful texture that leads to ripe currant, orange peel and incense. Complex and complete. 50% malbec from Agrelo and 50% cabernet sauvignon from Valle de Uco. So beautiful now but will age gracefully.
To buy this wine please click here or telephone +44 (0)203 195 8055. Offer subject to availability.