Created by Château Lafite Rothschild in Argentina, Aruma – meaning “night” in the language of the indigenous Quechua people – is a pitch-black and glorious 100% Malbec. Deep, rich and wonderfully developed, this unoaked red is leathery and super smooth with notes of cherries, raspberries, blackberries, black plum, spice, boiled sweets, chocolate and a pinch of mint leaves. You’ve just found your new favourite weeknight winter wine.
Bodegas Caro is a collaboration between the iconic Bordeaux First Growth producer Château Lafite Rothschild and Bodega Catena Zapata. Wine Advocate described the latter as “the most important winery in Argentina” and noted that “the name Catena on the label is a guarantee of quality”. Combine that name with that of the Rothschild family and know that this is an Argentinian wine with pedigree like no other.
The French side of the Rothschild dynasty is legendary in the wine world. In 1853 Nathaniel de Rothschild created Château Mouton Rothschild, and fifteen years later his uncle James Mayer de Rothschild acquired Château Lafite Rothschild. The former is the most flamboyant of Bordeaux’s First Growths and part of the Primum Familiae Vini – an association of the world’s finest family-owned wineries that include the likes of Antinori, Vega Sicilia, Tenuta San Guido of Sassicaia fame, Egon Müller, Pol Roger, the Symington Family Port house and many more. Neighbouring Château Lafite Rothschild has also become one of the most famous and sought-after wines in the entire world. Esteemed wine critic Neal Martin describes it as the “quintessential wine of elegance”, and it’s widely regarded as the most consistent of the First Growths. In 1962 the Lafite branch of the Rothschild family took the “Lafite Spirit” that they’d nurtured on the great terroir of Pauillac and began to expand their empire. Starting in Bordeaux they procured nearby neighbour Château Duhart-Milon, then Château Rieussec in Sauternes and Pomerol’s Château l’Evangile. They then branched out into South America with Viña Los Vascos in Chile and Bodegas Caro in Argentina, then further afield in France with Languedoc’s Domaines d’Aussières and even into northeast China with a new project called Long Dai. The three Rothschild Barons came together in 2007 to create Champagne Barons de Rothschild. All these ventures work to the same exacting standards as the legendary First Growths, befitting of wine’s most iconic family.