This morning we are delighted to offer Errazuriz’s two great wines Sena and Vinedo Chadwick 2014, the most recent vintage release of the stunning First Growth of Chile. The 2014 vintage is the Estate’s finest ever and Sena has been awarded 97 points by James Suckling, who describes it as “already a beauty”. The charismatic proprietor, Eduardo Chadwick believes the 2014 equals the best vintages from the Estate surpassing the superb 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2013. In 2014 Sena is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Carmenere, 11% Malbec, 8% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot and we are delighted to offer it today for £415 per case of six. More notably the vintage also resulted in Chile’s first ever 100-point score from their flag-ship wine Vinedo Chadwick. This is a stunning achievement and cements the 2014 vintage as the Estate’s most prominent!
The historic first 100 point Chilean wine, Vinedo Chadwick 2014 has been produced in minuscule quantities this year, only 600 dozen were made. As such they are being released in a special collector’s case, which includes one bottle each of the 2010, 2012 and 2014 vintages, which scored 95, 97 and 100 points respectively. While Sena has become the most recognised wine from the Errazuriz stable, Vinedo Chadwick is their finest most prized achievement. It was created in memory of the late Don Alfonso Chadwick Errazuriz and in 2004 achieved a remarkable feat, which put the fine wines of Chile on the map at what would later been known as the Judgement of Berlin, doffing its cap to the Judgement of Paris.
The Judgement of Paris was organised by Steven Spurrier in 1976 to pit the leading wines of California against the great wines of Bordeaux and was famous for shocking the wine world when California whitewashed their old world counterparts. In 2004 Eduardo Chadwick, ever the showman, invited 40 of Europe’s leading tasters, including Spurrier, to blind taste his prestige wines against 16 similar vintages of the First Growths and Super Tuscans. The outcome was remarkable, Sena 2000 tied for fourth place with Chateau Margaux 2001; Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2000 was third. However, it was Vinedo Chadowick 2000 that stole the show, taking first place! The 2000 vintage is completely sold out on the global market and the 2014 will follow suit and be remembered as a new milestone in Chilean winemaking. We are delighted to be able to the collector’s pack today for £520.
Sena was established as a joint venture between the powerhouse Chilean wine Estate Vina Errazuriz and the colossus Robert Mondavi; its inaugural vintage was in 1995. In 2005 the Chadwick family took 100% ownership of Sena; Sena is the personal project of Eduardo Chadwick, who is realising his vision of creating an iconic wine that expresses the terrior of Chile. Sena translates as personal signature, a sign of Eduardo’s commitment to embracing the local soil, aspect and climate located in the Aconcagua Valley. In fact Don Maximiano Errazuriz – Eduardo’s great grandfather – founded Vina Errazuriz in 1870 in the Valle de Aconcagua, 100 kms north of Santiago, in order to take advantage of the cool rains and hot dry summers that experience moist and cool Pacific Ocean breezes, ideal for growing grapes; Don Maximiano sourced the vines from the finest clones of France.
Sena 2014, 6x75cl, £425 IB - 97 Points, James Suckling
Complex aromas of blueberry, rose petal, licorice, and currant. Full body, ultra fine tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Balanced and very refined. A wonderful purity and beauty. Give it three to four years to come together but already a beauty. A blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 16% carmenere, 11% malbec, 8% merlot and 5% petit verdot.
Vinedo Chadwick Collectors Case, 3×75, £520 IB
Vinedo Chadwick 2014 - 100 points, James Suckling
This is a wine that defines elegance and power at the same time. Complex aromas of blueberry, black currant and black licorice. Full body yet refined and beautiful with a stunning length and complexity. It has a transparency that shows such greatness and beauty. Half the normal production. Has an energy and brightness. Chile’s first perfect wine and well deserved. Better in 2020.
Vinedo Chadwick 2012 - 97 points, James Suckling
This is a superb red with currant, white truffle, sandalwood and stone. Full body, chewy tannins and a powerful finish. Turns to iodine. Gravel and hints of licorice too. Very, very long. This IS the La Mission Haut Brion of Chile. A phenomenal cabernet sauvignon. Needs at least five years to soften. 800 cases. Wait until 2018.
Vinedo Chadwick 2010 – 95 points, James Suckling
A racy cabernet with plum and dark berry character and hints of chocolate. It’s full-bodied, with firm tannins and a fresh finish. Plenty of hazelnut and cherry character in the aftertaste. Give it three to four years of bottle age before opening.
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