2009 Le Dix de Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.lafite.com/eng

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted grape in the country of Chile and this 2009 Le Dix bottle sources grapes which come from 70-year old vines. Meaning “10″ in French, Le Dix was first introduced in 1996 to commemorate  Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)’s first ten years in Chile. Since it does use at least 85% Cab grapes, they can get away with calling it a “cab”.

  • Grape Varieties: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Carmenère, 5% Syrah
  • Annual Production: 6,500 cases
  • Yield: 45 hl/ha
  • Alcoholic: 14 %
  • Total acidity: 3.61 g/l
  • pH: 3.5
  • Cooperage: 18 months in 100% new barrels.
  • Average annual production: 5 000 to 8 000 cases per year.
  • Price: $45-55 (USD)

Nose: Spiced cherries, black currant, blueberry, tobacco, hazelnut, eucalyptus, spiced cocoa.

Taste: Black cherry, allspice, dark cocoa, licorice. Stellar mid palate with with a finish to die for. The thing that impresses me the most about this wine is its intense complexity – if I were to have to guess the price on this wine in a blind-tasting, I’d guess somewhere between $70-$90 (USD). It’s an incredible value for the money, easily surpassing the overall flavor profile of many domestic cabs in its price-point.

W.E.P. Rating: 120%