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Producer profile: Escudo Rojo plus 8 wines to try

Established by Baron Philippe de Rothschild in 1999, this Chilean label blends French know-how with South American style. Julie Sheppard talks to winemaker Emmanuel Riffaud and recommends well-priced wines to try.

Bordeaux producer Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA decided to start making wine in Chile in the late 1990s.

Known for its three classed growth estates in PaulliacChâteau Mouton Rothschild, Château Clerc Milon and Château d’Armailhac – the iconic French producer had already ventured into the New World, creating Opus One in California’s Napa Valley with Robert Mondavi in 1978.

Scroll down for eight Escudo Rojo wine tasting notes and scores

Two decades later, drawn by the potential of Bordeaux red varieties in Chile, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild began a second joint venture with Don Alfonso Larraín of Concha y Toro. Their Franco-Chilean fine wine Almaviva launched in 1997.

Escudo Rojo: eight wines to try

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