The idea of forming a partnership between Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and the Catena family was born in 1999. Initial enthusiasm quickly became a concrete plan to produce a single wine that would combine French and Argentine cultures and the two signature grapes of each producer, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Catena family has produced wine for three generations. Consequently, it was able to draw on its vast knowledge of the high altitude terroirs of the Mendoza region as well as its passion for Malbec to find the best vineyards. DBR (Lafite) contributed its centuries-old skills in growing, vinifying and ageing great Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as its know-how in blending different grape varieties to produce one wine that is greater than the sum of its parts. Exchanges and selection work began to produce CARO’s first vintage. The success of the early vintages resulted in the creation of another wine: AMANCAYA which, like its older brother, is based on a harmonious balance between Argentinian identity and Bordeaux style. Bodegas Caro then decided to celebrate the grape variety for which Argentina’s vineyards are famous by selecting a pure Malbec, ARUMA. The Bodegas Caro winery, in the heart of Mendoza, has been producing the wines since the 2003 vintage and serves as the anchor of the CARO project. The renovation of the historic building and gardens in order to expand the winery and open the Bodega to the outside brings the final touch to the original project.
Opaque black dark red colour with a dark crimson red hue. Aromas of dark cherries and blackcurrants are followed by some cedary tobacco characters with spice end notes. Medium bodied and possessing excellent richness, the wine has developed some more complexity and savoury tones. Generous flavours of ripe blackcurrants and dark cherries are prevalent over some cedary tobacco characters and spice. Very fine grained tannins. Good length with a medium to long aftertaste.