3 May, 2018

FRANCISCO BAETTIG AWARDED WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR IN TIM ATKIN’S 2018 CHILE REPORT

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In Chile 2018 Special Report recently published by Tim Atkin MW, UK critic chose the winemaker
and Techinical Director of Viña Errazuriz, Viña Seña and Viñedo Chadwick as Winemaker of the Year.

This outstanding recognition positions Baettig among the top winemakers of the world, and also crowns an exceptional career highlighted by his passionate hard work, always in a constant quest for making his wines even better, along with a deep commitment for searching and understanding the diversity of Chilean terroir.

A thrilled Francisco Baettig commented:“this is a wonderful recognition that inspires me to keep on
working in what is my passion, trying to create unique and distinctive wines that could stand out alongside world class wines. I wish to extend this recognition to the exceptional and unique winemaking team that works with me in this dream.”

“These days, it is Chileans, not outsiders, who are the key figures shaping the style of the country’s red wines. Hugely important among them is Francisco Baettig, my winemaker of the year and Eduardo Chadwick’s right hand man.”
Tim Atkin

Furthermore, in Atkin’s 2018 Chile Classification detailed in his report, he placed Viña Errázuriz and Viñedo Chadwick in his “Wines of the Year”.

The wines tasted by Tim Atkin MW with their outstanding scores and reviews are detailed below:

Viñedo Chadwick 2015, 98 points
Picked in March for the first time, this is the freshest and most refined release yet from this bijou Maipo Alto vineyard. More Lafite than Latour in style, it’s elegant, refined and refreshing,
with wonderful grace and poise, chalky minerality and notes of graphite, cassis and fennel. A wine that (just about) merits its hefty price tag.

Las Pizarras 2016, 96 points
There are only 500 cases of this stunningChardonnay for the world, alas. Sourced from blocks 29 and 40, it’s the closest thing Chile has to a great white Burgundy, with thrilling minerality,
subtle oak and a saline finish. Complex, refined and very long on the palate.

Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve 2015, 96 points
Until 2004, Don Max was a pure Cabernet, but is now a Bordeaux blend with Carmenère, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Dense, serious and built to age, with eucalyptus and dried herb notes, a twist of liquorice and very fine tannins.

Las Pizarras Pinot Noir 2016, 95 points
This is the best Pinot Noir release yet from Las Pizarras, sourced from blocks 12 and 32 and made with 18% whole bunches. Stony, refined and elegant, it’s a Chilean take on a Volnay or Chambolle-Musigny with red cherry and raspberry fruit and fine tannins.

Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir 2016, 93 points
The Pinot Noir from this excellent, stony site is fast catching up with the quality of the Chardonnay. This is wonderfully focused and pure with subtle, understated oak, succulent wild strawberry and red cherry fruit and a hint of iron.

Aconcagua Costa Syrah 2015, 93 points
Sourced from three warmer, north-facing parcels making a total of two hectares, this unfurls haunting aromas of white pepper and sage inthe glass. The palate is fresh and sappy with savoury tannins.

Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay 2016, 93 points
Picked early – and before the worst of the rain – in 2016, this lightly wooded Chardonnay is Errázuriz’s “village” wine. Floral, pithy and fresh, with subtle, creamy notes from 50% malolactic
and a mineral flourish.

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