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    Bodega Cuarto Dominio

    Chento Single Lot

    Argentina, Mendoza, Uco Valley


    Winery Overview

    The family of Javier Catena has grown vines in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza for over four generations. The great grandfather of Javier Catena, President of Bodega Cuarto Dominio, was born in the little town of Tolentino in Italy at the end of the 1800’s. He was a vineyard worker there until he sailed from Italy to Argentina in 1898. When he arrived to Mendoza, he was taken aback by the splendor of the Andes, by its landscapes and by the people that received him so warmly. He was convinced he wanted to follow his dream here and planted his first Malbec vineyard in 1902. Up until that point, Malbec was a blending grape in Bordeaux, but Nicola supposed it would find its perfect place in Mendoza. Domingo, Javier’s grandfather, decided to continue fulfilling his father’s dream and took the family winery to the next level, becoming one of the largest vineyard owners and building one of the biggest wineries in Argentina. During this time, Javier’s father, Jorge Catena, studied enology in Mendoza and started working in the family winery in the mid 1960’s. Jorge specialized in winemaking and oenology. At the end of the 1970’s, Jorge believed that in order to produce the best wines of Argentina and to be able to compete against the greatest wines in the world, he must learn the latest technologies and winemaking techniques, so he decided to travel to California to study at the University of California at Davis. He also travelled several times to Europe and to Australia, and focused the majority of his studies on the French winemaking techniques. When he returned, Jorge continued working in the family winery, following his father’s dream. In 2006, Jorge decided to pursue a different path and started a new project with his sons. In 2008, Bodega Cuarto Dominio was born, to which Javier Catena was named President.


    La Consulta Vineyard, Chento Vineyard


    Alluvial soils


    Chento Single Lot comes from a single parcel within the La Consulta vineyard. The vines here are 45 years old and express elegance, complexity, and concentration.


    The wine goes through a cold pre-fermentation maceration to preserve primary aromas. Then, a series of delestages and pumpovers take place during fermentation for a more balanced extraction. The juice is fermented for about 14 days at low temepreatures and is followed by a post-fermentation maceration.


    Aged for 10-12 months in 100% Frenc oak

    Tasting Notes

    The Chento Single Lot Malbec has a profound dark, color with rubicund highlights. In the nose it has black fruits, spices and violets aromas coming from the 95% Malbec followed by some mineral and graphite notes from our 3% Cabernet Franc and some herbal notes coming from 2% Petit Verdot. Great concentration and very well balanced acidity along with soft silky tannins, ripe plum, chocolate flavors and persistent finish.

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    James Suckling
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