The latest project by Baron Philippe de Rothschild aims to build a platform in the UK for premium Chilean wines. The famous Bordeaux winemaker has a history of branching out in new wine regions. It went to the south of France before it became fashionable, has an operation in California and three years ago set up its Maipo, Chile operation. Last week it unveiled the Mapa collection created for the UK and which at £6 a bottle is designed to fit in the premium end of the Chilean market. Last year sales volumes of Chilean wines in the UK were up 40%, but premium branded wines over £5 only accounted for 6% of sales.The Mapa range has been created to be totally Chilean in character, but with the elegant style associated with Baron Philippe de Rothschild. Each of the three wines are produced from grapes in specific terroirs and microclimates suited to them. The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Maipo Valley, the Merlot from the Rapel Valley and the Chardonnay from the Casablanca Valley. These will be followed by further additions to the range. This year they will only be available in limited quantities from Paragon Vintners, but production is scheduled to increase. {{DRINKS }}