|Owner(s)||Paul Pontallier, Bruno Prats, Ghislain de Montgolfier, Felipe de Solminihac|
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A boutique winery at the foot of Andes Mountain in the High Maipo Valley, about 35 minutes from downtown Santiago. In 1990, Bruno Prats and Paul Pontallier, two agronomists and enologists from Bordeaux, France, acquired 43 acres in the heart of the Maipo Valley and planted typical Bordeaux varieties. The winery was completed in 1993. Ghislain de Montgolfier and Felipe de Solminihac became associates.
A Pinot Noir from Malleco Valley is offered under the SoldeSol label.
2010 Viña Aquitania Sol de Sol Traiguén (Malleco Valley) Chile Pinot Noir
12.5% alc. 300 cases, $35. Vineyard planted by Felipe de Solminihac, the first person to plant a vineyard in Malleco Valley. He began with Chardonnay in 1991 and added Pinot Noir 17 years ago. The winery’s Chardonnay is widely considered the best produced in South America. Average age of Pinot Noir vines is 8 years. Aged 12 months in some new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy nose showing rustic aromas of tobaccolaced oak and black cherries with slight reduction. The wine was decanted, but the nose still never came around. Mid weight flavors of black cherry and smoky oak with a hint of citrus-driven acidity on the dry, somewhat lengthy finish. Score: 85. Reviewed October 27, 2013 ARTICLE »