Named Flechas de los Andes in homage to the five arrows(flechas) that symbolise the Rothschild family, the winery was created through the partnership of Baron Benjamin de Rothschild and Laurent Dassault in their quest for a great terroir at the foot of the Andes.
Bodega Flechas de los Andes enjoys an unrivalled setting and a unique terroir thanks to a dry climate, tempered by high altitudes. These qualities appealed to Benjamin de Rothschild and Laurent Dassault, both of whom were looking for a first‑class terroir. Here, Malbec, a traditional Argentine grape variety, has found an ideal place to thrive.
Inspired by their encounter, their passion for grands crus, their inquisitive spirit and imperial drive, they embarked on a joint adventure in Argentina, far from their respective vineyards in Bordeaux: Château Clarke and Château des Laurets for Baron Benjamin de Rothschild and Château Dassault for Laurent Dassault. In 1999 Benjamin de Rothschild already had operations with Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons in South Africa and Laurent Dassault was searching for a new project. Together, they purchased property in the centre west of the Province of Mendoza and became some of the very first French to invest in the Vista Flores region in the Uco Valley. Their goal was to create a New World «grand cru», an excellent Argentinian wine, from this little-known but remarkable terroir in the foothills of the Andes. This region’s high potential was first identified by oenologist Michel Rolland who launched the «Clos de Los Siete» project. Beguiled by the challenge of creating a vineyard from scratch, they joined forces and became partners. These immense virgin lands gave birth to the Flechas de Los Andes vineyard which now independently charts its own path, extolling all the subtleties and specificities of its terroir.
Located 120 kilometres south of Mendoza City, between a latitude of 33.3°S and 33.8°S, the Uco Valley is situated in the most important of Mendoza’s five wine producing regions, and it is the most important area to produce high quality wines. Over 25,000 hectares are devoted to vineyards, producing essentially red varieties and, more specifically, malbec, the king of grapes.
Irrigated by the Tunuyán, Las Tunas and Yaucha rivers, the Uco Valley is a productive oasis that lies at the foothills of the Andes mountains, whose summits reach 6000 metres and form a natural barrier against the humid winds off the Pacific Ocean. This, and the 1000Km of distance to the Atlantic, creates a continental viticulture. Due to the dry, semi-arid
continental climate, 250 days of intense sunlight per year, a diurnal temperature variation of around 15 degrees, very distinct seasons, soil from alluvial origin with gravel and stones, irrigated by melting snow, and thaw of glaciers, the Uco Valley produces highly concentrated wines with an elegant tannic structure, intense aromas, flavours and colour, and sufficient acidity to ensure freshness and excellent ageing potential.
It is in this privileged and spectacular retreat, and more specifically at Vista Flores – a sub-region of the Uco Valley, today renowned worldwide for the quality of its premium wines – that Flechas de Los Andes has set down roots on 102 hectares located at 1100 metres of altitude. A unique environment, ideal for producing great wines.
Produced from 100% malbec grapes, it is aged for 18 months: 30% in new barrels, 30% in second-fill barrels and 40% in vats. It has violet intense tones, typical of the Uco region; the extremely expressive nose opens with a dominant note of fresh fruit highlighted by hints of red currant, plum, red cherries and floral aromas such as violet. The resin is very subtle, it increases the aromatic complexity achieving a perfect balance between fruit and oak. On the palate, the attack is round with delicate velvety tannins for a mineral, fresh wine with a long finish. Ageing potential: 5 to 7 years, obtaining tertiary aromas and improving the bouquet. “With regard to this genuine varietal wine from a single terroir, we prefer harvesting in two steps,” explains Pablo Richardi. In late March when the acidity in the grapes is still high, which will ensure the wine’s freshness; and then again in mid-April when the grapes are at optimal maturity, which increases volume in mouth. Blending batches produced separately guarantees the wine will have good complexity and balance.”
At the helm of the Compagnie Vinicole since 1997, Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild continue to expand its international renown. A commitment to excellence holds sway at each property, reflected in the wines and their respect for the human, craftsmanship, tradition and environmental aspects.
It is their way of perpetuating and paying tribute to the pioneering work of Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Benjamin de Rothschild’s father, who created the company in 1973 by purchasing Château Clarke, a little- known Cru Bourgeois estate in the Listrac-Médoc appellation. Convinced of the outstanding properties of its land, he devoted himself to making it the stand-out property of the region.
Benjamin de Rothschild shares the same goals. To fulfil a vision and cement his intuition, and to provide all the resources necessary to reveal the quintessence of the terroirs and enhance their inherent character.
« Wine-making is an act rooted in aesthetics… There is an undeniable beauty and elegance within it. Wine is about pleasure and sharing. Wine is very relevant to the art de vivre ».
Benjamin de Rothschild focused on increasing the Compagnie Vinicole’s international presence, developing the highest quality foreign terroirs, lured by the promise of unique adventures, new worlds to explore and great wines to create. There, he would draw on the time-honoured practices of local cultures, combined with traditional French expertise.
The Compagnie Vinicole has been active in South Africa with the Rupert & Rothschild Vigernons label since 1997; in partnership with Tempo Vega Sicilia in Spain since 2009 with Macán; in New Zealand since 2012 with Rimapere. In 1999, Benjamin de Rothschild and Laurent Dassault created Flechas de Los Andes from the ground up in the Uco Valley in Argentina.
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