Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve 2010 750ml
*Ex-Chateau* (Released in 2020)
Aconcagua Valley, Chile
JR16.5 Vinum17 JS94 RP92 ST92
Jancis Robinson 16.5
Broad and tobacco-scented. Lots of life and excitement. Sweet yet not too confected. And very long. Very good - though I wonder if they are picking the fruit just a little earlier nowadays? Excellent but still a little too young.
James Suckling 94
A gorgeous and refined red with wonderfully polished tannins and texture. Full to medium body, with harmony. Aftertaste of delicate chocolate, light berry, and mineral. Drink or hold. 78% cabernet sauvignon, 10% carmenere, 7% petit verdot, and 5% syrah.
Robert Parker 92
The 2010 Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Carmenere, 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Syrah aged for 22 months in French oak, of which 81% is new. It has a lush, ripe, rounded bouquet with well-integrated oak, again, more floral in style than the 2008 or 2009, more feminine and generous. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit as well as fine tannins. Finally, after so many years, I feel that the oak is in synch and not subjugating the fruit, rendering this a far more impressive Cabernet that gives pleasure. Drink 2014-2025.
Wine marker's notes:
Intense, deep, ruby-red in colour with a bright purplish hue. The nose recalls cherries, cassis, truffles, and blueberries over a backdrop of black pepper and subtle notes of chocolate and cedar. The palate shows firm, ripe tannins that ensure excellent longevity in the bottle. This is a voluptuous wine full of ripe fruit flavours, notes of cedar, cloves, and cinnamon, with excellent acidity that lends freshness, balance, and elegance. The long and very elegant finish shows the wine’s youth today and will gain in complexity with time in the bottle.