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Bodegas Lopez Montchenot 10 Anos Gran Reserva 2013 750ml
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Bodegas Lopez Montchenot 10 Anos Gran Reserva 2013

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The Lopez family is now in its 5th generation with 4th generation brothers Carlos and Eduardo at the helm. The winery was founded in 1898 by Jose Gregorio Lopez Rivas. Jose immigrated to Argentina from Algarrobo in Malaga, Spain in 1886. In Spain, Jose was a grape and olive grower, and he came to Argentina to escape the devastation from phylloxera that had come to Andalusia. In Argentina, he worked very hard and saved money to bring his brother Rafael and his mother Feranda, and other family members to Argentina. Jose and Rafael managed to rent a small piece of land in Maipu where they grew grapes and began to make their wines. The first and founding brand was called “El Vasquito” and the current brand of Vasco Viejo pays homage to those wines.

The winery and the brands grew from this point forward gaining vineyard land and a bodega. In 1934, the brand Chateau Vieux was introduced, Vasco Viejo in 1950, Montchenot in 1966, “Seleccion Lopez” in 1969, and Casona Lopez in 2000, and all these introductions of brands showcase different terroirs, blends, and aging but all in a style that is known in Argentina as the “estilo Lopez” (or Lopez style). So, while lots of Argentine producers have chased the “new” places to grow vines or the new winemaking ideas – Bodegas Lopez has stayed true to their beginnings.


One of the important themes about the Bodegas Lopez “style” is that the reds are aged in very large and very old French oak vessels from Nancy – 5 HL being the smallest and 35 HL the biggest. This was the traditional vessel and way to make wine in the early 1900s. This aging of the wines gives them an aesthetic that links them to the old world. So instead of the typical, modern/fruit-bomb style, the Lopez wines from top to bottom offer a style and elegance that is rare for Argentina. Even the more fruit-forward Casona Lopez seems to show just a “nod” to the modern.


At the top of the Lopez Echelon are some truly unique wines in today’s Argentine landscape. The Chateau Vieux wines, which see extended aging in oak casks for 36 months, are reminiscent of old-school Bordeaux or even Rioja, with gorgeous dusty, spicy, and earthy fruit. There is both a pure Malbec as well as a mixed varietal blend. Lastly, there are the Montchenot wines which are small-production cuvées that see extended aging in both large casks and then in bottle. There are 10, 15, and 20-year-old versions. These are beautiful, amazingly complex wines that show that, yes, Argentine wines can develop into beautiful mature examples of world class wine.

Wine Advocate 93 Points "Montchenot is a range released many years after the harvest. I tasted the 2013 Montchenot 10 años that was only bottled in May 2022. It's a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Malbec, which they described as Left Bank Bordeaux with the Argentinean touch of Malbec. This was first produced in 1956 and released in 1966, always conceived as a wine with long aging; it's not old bottles that they sell later. It's silky, complex, developed and polished, a little à la Viña Tondonia but with the Bordeaux twist, herbal and peppery, with a touch of paprika, still keeping the poise and freshness, even some fruit. It was kept in large oak vats for 48 months."

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The 2012 Montchenot 10 is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Malbec (from Cruz de Piedra, Maipu & Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo) and was aged for 36 months in large casks. A mild mahogany in hue. The nose presents notes of licorice, caramel and leather over herbal aromas reminiscent of the younger labels in the line. Silky on the palate with gentle tannins and a slightly compact flow, this is a different flavor profile for Mendoza, a bit more ripe due to the year. The bouquet is evolving nicely.

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