2020 | Argentinien | Mendoza Valley

Nicolás 2020 Catena Zapata, Mendoza

  • Nicolás 2020 Catena Zapata, Mendoza
  • Nicolás 2020 Catena Zapata, Mendoza
  • Nicolás 2020 Catena Zapata, Mendoza

•   De renaissance van de ‘oer’ Bordeaux gemaakt van pre-phylloxera stokken
•   De eerste Grand Vin van Argentinië
‘Really Bordeaux-like. [...] This is classy and beautiful’ (James Suckling, 98/100)

Dit is een bijzonder mooie en interessante toevoeging aan iedere Bordeaux collectie!

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  • Geschmack
    Komplex & Kräftig
  • Rebsorte
    Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
  • Herkunft
    Argentinien, Mendoza Valley
86,00 114.67 pro Liter
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‘Excellent. I think this is the best vintage of this wine I’ve ever tasted.’ (Colin Hay - The Drinks Business, 97/100 punten)

“Nicolás Catena Zapata became the first luxury cuvée from Argentina to be exported around the world. The wine recreates the “Original Bordeaux Blend” of the 18th and 19th Centuries.” - Catena Zapata

Wat Robert Parker voor wijnjournalistiek is, is Nicolás Catena Zapata voor Argentijnse wijn, in het specifiek voor de populariteit van malbec. Zijn grootvader richtte in 1902 het oudste familie-wijnhuis van Argentinië op en in 1997 maakte Nicolás de eerste Grand Vin van Argentinië door diens dochter genaamd ‘Nicolás Catena Zapata’.

In navolging van het voorbeeld van grote Bordeaux-wijnen en de opkomst van Napa Valley, had Nicolás besloten zijn eigen prestigeproject te starten. Hoog in de bergen van Mendoza begon hij wijn te maken in de stijl van de vroegere Bordeaux; een blend waarbij malbec nog een prominentere rol vervulde. Hij heeft daarmee een belangrijke rol gespeeld in het torpederen van malbec naar de positie van nationale druif van Argentinië. Hij gebruikt voor zijn wijn ongeënte, pre-phylloxera wijnstokken van zowel cabernet sauvignon als malbec.

Sinds 2016 wordt er in sommige jaren ook cabernet franc toegevoegd aan de blend. Ontdek wat de Argentijnse wijntop te bieden heeft!
AnbaugebietMendoza Valley
RebsorteCabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
Rebsorte %54% cabernet sauvignon, 25% cabernet franc, 21% malbec
WeinstilKomplex & Kräftig
En Primeurja
Alkoholgehalt14 %
Optimal ab2025
Optimal bis2035
  • Nicolás 2020 Catena Zapata, Mendoza
  • Nicolás 2020 Catena Zapata, Mendoza
  • Nicolás 2020 Catena Zapata, Mendoza

James Suckling
98/100 punten 
Cassis, tobacco, wet stones, iron and baking spices to the nose, showing class, restraint and complexity. Medium- to full-bodied on the palate with super fine tannins. Dry, super elegant and silky with a lengthy, polished finish. Really Bordeaux-like. Juicy and long. 54% cabernet sauvignon from Gualtallary, 25% cabernet franc from Altamira and 21% malbec from both areas. The highest portion of cabernet franc this year helped retain its nervy freshness! This is classy and beautiful. Harvested on March 12th and 13th. Drink or hold.

Jane Anson (Inside Bordeaux)
97/100 punten 
Measured and steady release of supple brambled fruits, wonderfully fragrant and well judged, this combines depth of fruit flavour with softly expressed tannins, crayon, truffles, black pepper and smoked oak. Such a distinct and vibrant expression of these Left Bank Bordeaux varieties, given a ripeness in Argentina that they are not always able to get in France, harnessed by the grace and careful precison of the Catena family. Brilliant vintage of this landmark Argentinian wine. Ungrafted vines, Fernando Buscema winemaker, Alejandro Vigil wine director, 3.64ph.

97/100 punten 
Wonderfully aromatic and nuanced on the nose, so alive and open. Energetic and lively on the palate, this has so much spark and brightness to it. Really compelling from the first sip, the tannins ample and cushioning the slick black fruit and accompanying savoury spices. Feels lean and taught, but with so much flair. Really a lovely expression, so generous and well defined. Youthful as you'd expect right now but when this softens it will be a beauty. Just gorgeous, with a minty fresh finish. Wine director Alejandro Vigil, winemaker Fernando Buscema.

Colin Hay (The Drinks Business): 
97/100 punten
From a small crop. Very pure. Very classic. Very fruit-forward. Very fresh. Bright, classic, floral and cedary too, the fragrant florality accentuated by the higher proportion of Cabernet Franc. Quite Bordellais in personality. Fresh and with a lovely leafiness. Very aerial and beautifully glossy and finely structured. Cool. Compact. Excellent. I think this is the best vintage of this wine I’ve ever tasted. 

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Independent)
96/100 punten 
A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 21% Malbec, the 2020 Nicolas Catena Zapata is deep garnet-purple in color. It rolls out with vibrant notes of redcurrant jelly, cassis, and baked plums, leading to hints of crushed rocks, wild sage, and fragrant soil. The medium-bodied palate is refreshing, finely crafted, and elegantly styled, with vibrant black fruit and savory layers and a fine-grained texture, finishing with a real skip in its step.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
95/100 punten 
2020 was a very dry and low-yielding year, with 20% to 30% less crop, and the grapes were picked early. The 2020 Nicolás Catena Zapata was produced with a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and 21% Malbec, higher in Franc than ever, for the first time more than Malbec, to compensate the warm and dry conditions. The wine is ripe and very peppery, with 13.9% alcohol and a pH of 3.64. It matured in new and second-use French oak barrels for 18 months. It was a healthy crop with concentration and ripeness, and the wine comes through as powerful and quite classical, still a little oaky, with power and balance. 

96/100 punten 
The 2020 Nicolás Catena Zapata is a blend composed of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Malbec and 20% Cabernet Franc sourced from Paraje Altamira in the Uco Valley. It was carefully aged for up to 16 months in French oak barrels. Garnet in hue. The nose reveals captivating cassis, rose, blackberry, plum and fig aromas harmoniously combined with dried flowers. The palate presents a dry and ample profile, with fine-grained tannins and a juicy flow that leads to a vibrant mouthfeel, brimming with energy. This meticulously crafted red achieves precise balance in a warm vintage.

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