Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2018 (6x75cl)

Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena 2018 (6x75cl)

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Dubbed Argentina's first "Grand Vin", and also being the first premium wine to be exported around the world, cuvée Nicolás Catena is the estate's flagship wine made from a very old-school Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Envisioned to reinvent the authentic and original Bordeaux expressions, the fruits are sourced from un-grafted, pre-phylloxera vines planted on the family's highly elevated vineyards.

Awarded 96 points from both Wine Advocate and Vinous, Luis Gutiérrez called Nicolàs Catena 2018 a "breathtaking" wine of "intense, precise notes", "polished, grippy tannins" and "well-judged freshness" (VN). A sentiment agreed by Jane Anson, she calls the 2018 a "sensational wine", "expertly delivered" by winemaker Fernando Buscema (97 points, Jane Anson).
97 Decanter  
97 Jane Anson  
96 James Suckling  
96 Vinous  
96 Wine Advocate  
Details
  • Year 2018
  • Colour Red
  • Country Argentina
  • Region Mendoza
  • Sub Region NA
  • Designation
  • Classification
  • Pack Size 6x75cl
  • ABV 14°
  • Drinking Window 2023 - 2035
  • Drinking Recommendation Not Ready
  • LWIN 123210720180600750
Reviews (5)
97 Decanter  
97 Jane Anson  
96 James Suckling  
96 Vinous  
96 Wine Advocate  
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About Catena Zapata

Nicolas Catena is the man known for revolutionizing Argentine wine in the 1980s, introducing the world to Malbec. A pioneer of high-altitude Malbec in Argentina, Catena Zapata was the first to venture into the wild and unknown vineyard area called Gualtallary in Mendoza. After more than 100 years of winemaking history, the family estate is now in the hands of Laura Catena.

 

Catena Zapatas' Wines

While some prefer the European style of Malbec from the Adrianna vineyard; others prefer the more powerful style from Nicasia. Then there are those who sit on the fence (or perhaps, prefer the balance) and enjoy the blend of both Adrianna and Nicasia vineyards, in the Argentino. 

 

The Nicolas Catena cuvée is named after the man himself who is probably more responsible than anyone else for the superb reputation the wines of Argentina enjoy in the fine wine world today. With its inaugural 1997 vintage, Nicolas Catena 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, when Malbec dominated over Merlot and was in equal standing to Cabernet Sauvignon in the Médoc.

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