The Alto Maipo sub-region is located in the foothills of the Andes, rising from 1,300 to 2,600 feet, and is strongly influenced by the mountainous climate. The mountains make the zone particularly good for viticulture because the sun must first rise above the Argentinean side of the Andes before reaching the west-facing Chilean slopes, creating cool brisk mornings, and then sets on the western side, leading to hot, sunny afternoons. The climate, combined with the poor, porous and rocky soil, puts the vines under stress which in turn produces a characteristically bold, elegant Cabernet Sauvignon.
Miguel Besoain, 35 years, was born in Chile. After graduating from the French University of Burgundy as Enologist, he spent ten years working on vineyards and wineries in France and Germany. In 2010 he returned to Chile with his family to continue the Lafken project, which began in 1998 producing his own wine. “Each of our wines is the result of not only processing excellent grapes but also working with high technology, human sensibility and endurance."
The family's vineyard is perched on a high, dry alluvial terrace overlooking the Maipo River. These poor gravel soils drain almost instantly after the occasional rain, leading to extreme concentration of the very low-yield fruit. Lafken's wines are fully organic, with no chemicals used in the vineyards.
A "bordeaux-style" blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère and Petit Verdot.
Grapes are hand sorted first in the vineyard, then in the cellar. Each variety is then aged separately in French oak barrels for a minimum of 24 months. Wines are then bottled without fining or filtration.
Only the best barrels of each variety are chosen, hence a limited edition wine production. Only 600 cases were produced in 2010.
lafken cabernet sauvignon
This wine is made from grapes of plots Nr. 1 and Nr. 5. These particular plots are situated on the foothills of our property. Layers of small colluvial stones over an alluvial soil give this wine an enormous complexity of aromas and concentration.
Every vintage it is our goal to produce the purest expression of our vineyards in the Alto Maipo valley, and to make the very best Cabernet possible. 1100 cases were produced in 2012.
The grapes for this wine come from the only plot of white grapes in the family vineyard of Los Morros. The soil is alluvial with
calcareous layers. This 0.3 hectare plot has 23 years old vines.
Our Chardonnay, strongly influenced by the Andes, is exclusively fermented and aged in French barrels.
120 cases were produced in 2015.
Made with grapes grown in the Casablanca Valley, a cool foggy district near by the Pacific coast, ideal for high-acidity white wines.
We committed ourselves to producing one of the greatest northern European varieties in the purest German style. Stainless fermented and aged, no malolactic. Crisp and clean with brilliant peach and pear notes. The results speak for themselves... this wine sells well on the German market.
500 cases were produced in 2015.