You are currently viewing the International Edition. You can also switch to the Hong Kong Edition.
Sunday 5 July 2015

Marcelo Papa on Chile’s success with Pinot

27th February, 2014 by Patrick Schmitt

Maycas del Limarí’s Marcelo Papa outlines his altered approach to making Pinot and his belief in the potential for the particular grape in Chile’s Limarí Valley.

Sara Matthews Photography, Brooklyn New York, USA, www.saramatthews.com

Marcelo Papa is winemaker at Concha y Toro’s Maycas del Limarí. Photo credit: Sara Matthews Photography

What factors in your view make a Pinot Noir great?
The Terroir. Pinot Noir are very delicate wines that need optimum conditions to show all the potential. They can be very elegant wines, with complex and delicate flavours, great structure and extraordinary freshness.

What regions of the world have the potential to produce high quality Pinot Noir?
Obviously Borgoña is the first place to go and has great conditions. But Limarí also has a lot to show. Characterized by red clay soils overlaying a chalky base. It has cool semi-arid climate with a coastal influence that allows the vines to benefit from the morning fog. This cloudy mornings and the calcareous soil provide the wines of fresh and delicate character.

How has your own approach to getting the best from Pinot Noir changed over the years?
When you start drinking wine you look for more structure and more intense aromas and flavours, but after years go by you prefer Burgundy or Piemonte style, that provides delicate and fresh wine. This attributes allows enjoying much more the bottle and not get tire after a glass. For me this idea is represented in a good way with the concept: less is more. And Limarí Valley gave me those results.

What sort of evolution in the style and popularity of Pinot Noir are you currently seeing in Chile?
In Chile the Pinot Noir started in cool areas but with a lot of sun and luminosity like Casablanca and Leyda. In my opinion nowadays Limarí and the south of the wine region are the new areas. You can find less voluptuous style and more freshness and elegance.

What is it about Pinot Noir that means it has such global appeal?
Pinot Noir is an everyday wine, you don´t get tired of this variety. Its fresh, delicate and elegant. We need consumers that appreciate and understand this wines.

Is there a winemaker or wine whose expression of Pinot Noir inspires you?
I can´t talk about winemaker´s because I think that in varieties like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir we have to respect the origin, the soil, the climate more than “the elaboration”. Burgundy is one of those places that I get inspired by, but is not the only one. Limarí has this special magic that captivate me allow us to have great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

This interview as conducted by the drinks business shortly after it concluded the Global Pinot Noir Masters 2013, in which Concha y Toro was awarded a gold medal for its Maycas del Limarí Sumaq Pinot Noir from the 2013 vintage. Presided over by a panel of Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers, each Pinot Noir was assessed by style and price rather than being judged by country. The full results from the competition will be featured in the March edition of db. For more information on the Pinot Masters, click here.

Marcelo Papa has led the development of Concha y Toro’s Maycas del Limarí Winery, which was conceived in 2005.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

If that's interesting, how about these?

Top 10 new products

This month's top releases include a Champagne tankard designed by Pol Roger, more...

Oregon producer takes international view

One of Oregon’s youngest wine estates has partnered with Jackson Family Wines more...

Copa América: Malbec vs Carmenère

Saturday sees Chile and Argentina go head-to-head in football’s Copa América more...

Digital and Communications Executive

£22,000-£26,000 dependent on experience

10 richest people in the UK drinks trade

As The Sunday Times Rich List 2015 reveals the wealthiest individuals in more...

Top 10 estates for en primeur returns

db rounds up the 10 best Bordeaux estates for en primeur returns on more...

World's most extravagant wineries

With Château Margaux preparing to unveil its new winery and cellar, designed more...

Sales Executive - Wines & Spirits Competitions

London, United Kingdom

Competitive

Top 10 Negroni spots in London

As the Campari Red Night District takes over London's Shoreditch, we round up more...

Suntory's exquisite 3D-printed ice cubes

As far as advertising campaigns go, this collection of miniature ice cube more...

Top 10 US craft breweries

The Brewers Association has released its annual list of the biggest US craft more...

Supplier Relationship Manager

London, United Kingdom

Top 12 Australian fine wines

Australian fine wines have made the headlines of late. But what are the names more...

Top 10 banned alcoholic drinks

The drinks trade has seen its fair share of drinks banned from public more...

Top 10 modern wine drinker stereotypes

From Rioja lovers to Champagne quaffers, the drinks business has more...

PR Senior Account Manager/Director

London, United Kingdom

Depending on experience

Top 10 worst estates for en primeur returns

Using Liv-ex's data, db rounds up the worst 10 châteaux for en primeur more...

Top 10 architectural wonders of the wine world

You don't have to look far to find stunning examples of architectural prowess more...

Top wines of Bordeaux 2014

The 10 best wines of the Bordeaux 2014 vintage as voted for by Liv-ex’s more...

International Business Development Assistant

London, United Kingdom

To be determined, based on the profile and experience of the candidate

The London Wine Fair in pictures

From red trews and foie gras macaroons to 2CVs, wine on tap and temporary more...

Santa Rita launching new Irish campaign

Chilean wine producer Santa Rita Estates is spending €500,000 on a new more...

How to become a 'wine expert' in four hours

A doctor of psychology has devised 10 simple steps which he claims can set you more...

Global Wine Buyer

London, United Kingdom

Competitive

Top 10 wine brands 2015

In a year that saw major shifts in the global wine market, the drinks business more...

Top 10 ways to reuse a wine bottle

If you are anything like the db team, it won't take long to amass a collection more...