Today we are delighted to revisit the historic Vinedo Chadwick Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Chile’s first 100-point wine. This follows the release of the Vinedo Chadwick Collectors Case in September, made up of the 2010, 2012 and 2014, which has been the only chance for collectors to get their hands on this historic vintage thus far. Eduardo Chadwick believes the 2014 equals the best vintages from the Estate surpassing the superb 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2013. Suckling is in agreement with him, listing Chadwick’s Cabernet Sauvignon as No.2 on his ‘Top Wines of 2016’ calling it, ‘Chile’s first perfect wine and well deserved’. This is a stunning achievement and cements the 2014 vintage as the Estate’s finest.
Vinedo Chadwick 2014 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and produced in minuscule quantities, just over 400 cases for the Estate’s finest ever effort, compared to the usual 600 cases. Therefore, there is hardly enough to go around in any year making the low yield 2014 all the more special. 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 Chadwick 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 this Chilean legend today at £650 in bond per case of three bottles.
Vinedo Chadwick Cabernet Sauvignon is beautifully elegant and harmonious. With an alcohol level of 13.5% it puts common misconceptions about Chilean wine to one side. No expense is spared in making this wine; the grapes are hand-picked early in the morning, transported in small boxes and then carefully inspected on a double selection board to ensure that only the highest quality make the cut. Fermentation takes place in small stainless steel tanks to increase the contact between the skins and juice, with three daily pump-overs for around 30 days to obtain the desired level of extraction. The wine then spends 22 months macerating in French Oak, 75% new. This is a wine you will not want to miss.
Viñedo Chadwick Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, 3x75cl, £650 IB – 100 Points, James Suckling
This is a wine that simultaneously defines elegance and power. Complex aromas of blueberry, black currant, and black licorice. Full-body yet refined and beautiful with 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.
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