The "LOTA" project was born at the beginning of 2003, when the Cousiño family decided to create a world-class wine to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Lota brings together the two passions of the family: coal mining and viticulture. Both originated in the nineteenth century and were the starting point for the achievement of the great legacies of this traditional family. It is a wine that combines tradition, family history and elegance, characteristic of Cousiño Macul wines, with the cohesion of a wine group that seeks excellence as a guide. Lota 2010 was awarded with 97 points and selected as "Best Chilean Ink Mix" by Patricio Tapia, prestigious Chilean critic.
EN-Chuleta de Res con salsa de pimienta fresca y demi glace, acompañado con risotto de trufa o arroz de menta con higos. Para disfrutar por si sólo junto a quesos franceses finos y maduros.
The 2010 harvest was one with difficulties. According to the winemaker Carole Dumont: “We had a very cold spring, followed by an extremely dry, warm summer with a late harvest compared to the previous year. In any case, we managed to handle these variables and we are very satisfied with the results “. Rosario Palma, winemaker, mentions that the 2010 season will be remarkable in all varieties of Cousiño Macul. The red wines will stand out for their maturity, softness and consistency, especially our Cabernet Sauvignon.
These specially selected vineyards are the oldest and are located in Macul at the foot of the Andes, 600 m above sea level, on a loamy soil with a small percentage of clay and a strong presence of rocks. The yield is 4 tons per hectare, producing high quality fruit and very concentrated to work. The bunches are selected and harvested by hand in 10 kg gamelas. Once in the cellar, they pass through a selection of bunches and berries. After 7 days of pre-fermentative maceration at 7 ° C, alcoholic fermentation begins, which takes between 9 to 12 days at an average temperature of 25 ° C for Merlot and 27 ° C for Cabernet Sauvignon. During this phase 3 to 4 pumpovers are carried out daily only by gravity, without the use of pumps of any kind. The post-fermentative maceration takes between 12 and 18 days. Cabernet and Merlot are transferred separately to new French barrels, where they spend several months completing the malolactic fermentation and the technical team evaluates which will be destined for this wine Icon. Then mix it and let it age for 15 to 18 months in these new barrels. Finally, the wine is bottled without filtering and continues to evolve in the bottle for at least 3 years in our cellar before sharing it with the market.
With an elegant and dark color, Lota 2010 is the Valle del Maipo bottle. It has deep purple coloration with yellowish edges. On the nose, mature black fruits predominate, especially blackberry, plum and figs. When opening, you can also perceive earthy notes and floral aromas reminiscent of violets accompanied by a soft and elegant presence of oak. In the mouth, it has a strong and balanced attack with medium-high acidity, very fruity with elegant and persistent tannins. The final sensation is very long and balanced.