Today we are delighted to be able to release the newest vintage of Caro, the stunning 2014. In 2014 it has been awarded its highest ever score from the Wine Advocate, surpassing the 2012. Luis Gutierrez describes it as having‘aromas of lead pencil and cigar box, a core of blackberries and a very polished, elegant palate with ultra-fine tannins.’ This speaks volumes of its Bordeaux influence. Bodegas Caro combines the power and richness of its two owner Estates, Domaines Barons de Rothschild, the owners of Lafite Rothschild and with Nicolas Catena Zapata, the king of Malbec. Bodegas Caro spends 18 months in barrel, which is the kind of treatment Lafite Rothschild receives. It is a wine that truly embodies a fusion of Bordeaux and Mendoza to extreme effect. In 2014, the blend is 66% Malbec and 33% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Bodegas Caro 2014 has also been awarded 95 points from James Suckling who says ‘Love the finish of this, which gives a hint of walnuts, dark tea and ripe fruit. Very sophisticated.’ It is priced today at £145 per case of six bottle in bond, giving it a Price over Points ratio of 19. At less than £25 per bottle this offer brilliant value. In fact, only 5,000 cases are made, which explains why it perennially sells out very quickly. Bodegas Caro also rises in price quickly once released, the 2013, 2012 and the 2010 have already passed £200 a case. This reflects the superb release price it offers collectors.
Bodegas Caro is a joint venture between Nicolas Catena 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 wines 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 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. 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.
Caro is one of our favourite wines under £150 per case that we highly recommend every year.
Bodegas Caro (Rothschild) 2014, 6×75 – £145 In Bond or £189.59 including duty and VAT
Special offer – Buy 18 bottles or more for £135 IB per case
95 points, James Suckling
Aromas of spices, smoke, berries and bark follow through to a medium body, medium round tannins and a wonderful finish. Love the finish of this, which gives a hint of walnuts, dark tea and ripe fruit. Very sophisticated. A blend of malbec and cabernet sauvignon.
93 points, Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate
In their quest for elegant wines, the 2014 Caro was aged in “only” 60% new French oak, down from 100% in the “good old times,” and they have seen that this percentage is the one that works for what they are looking for. In 2014 I saw cleaner, more focused aromas, and the animal notes of the past are absent. The blend this year was two thirds Malbec from Las Compuertas and one third Cabernet Sauvignon from Altamira. This is quite classical, with aromas of lead pencil and cigar box, a core of blackberries and a very polished, elegant palate with ultra-fine tannins. It’s an approachable, elegant and easy to drink red blend. It seems like the Caro team is finding their way… 30,000 bottles produced.
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