2019 Laberinto Sauvignon Blanc (750ml)

Sauvignon Blanc from Maule Valley, Chile

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Chile continues surprise and impress with world class red wines such as 100 pointers – Clos Apalta (2014, 2015, 2017), Almaviva (2015, 2017), Viña Seña (2015, 2018), and Vinedo Chadwick (2014, 2017). For white Chilean wines, one wine stands out as both exceptional and unlike the red counterparts is value inclusive. In 1993 Rafael Tirado began planting Sauvignon Blanc in volcanic ash sitting atop granite at 1800 feet in a remote area of the Maule Valley on the front range of the Andes. Now legally designated as Colbun, an appellation where Laberinto remains the only winery. This iconoclast planted much of these slopes in unorthodox fashion that flouts modern vinticulture and in one section the rows form a labyrinth, thus the name Laberinto. Saline minerality with citrus zest, this a uniquely Chilean Sauvignon Blanc akin to the wines of the Loire Valley in France.


2019 was a milder year than 2018, and the 2019 Cenizas de Laberinto Sauvignon Blanc is marginally more civilized than the 2018 I tasted next to it. It was kept with the lees in the fermentation vessel for some eight months. Even so, in this part of much cooler Maule, the differences between vintages tend to be more subtle, and 2019 is not a warm vintage, just less cold. Perhaps the wine is a little rounder, more citrusy than herbal and surprisingly has lower alcohol than the 2018 I tasted next to it. It has terrific balance on the palate, with acidity that still makes you salivate and is effervescent but perhaps not as sharp as colder years. It's a balanced vintage,, and the wine feels very complete and precise. 18,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2019. He has moved from screwcap to natural cork in 2019, as he thinks it will result in higher complexity as the wine ages in bottle. Bravo!

94+ points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 247 - Feb 2020)

This Sauvignon Blanc from Colbún in the Maule Andes has a bold, compact, grassy flavor ranging from peas to cabbage with lime and pink grapefruit. Neutral on the palate with solid freshness, the well-judged lees-work lends it fat in the mouth and tamps down the tension. Lingers energetically on the gums.

92 points, Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous (Mar 2020)


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