Errázuriz to take on grand cru Burgundy

13th August, 2014 by Patrick Schmitt

Chilean wine producer Errázuriz is to add a “grand cru quality” Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to its range of “icon” wines late next year.

Errazuriz Don Max

The company’s current ‘icon’ wines comprise the Don Maximiano, as well as La Cumbre and Kai

The company’s current flagships comprise the Don Maximiano Cabernet Sauvignon blend, a 100% Syrah called La Cumbre and an almost pure Carmenère branded Kai, but will be bolstered by two new wines from the 2014 vintage.

According to Errázuriz president Eduardo Chadwick, the new wines, which will come from this year’s vintage, have been dubbed the “Burgundy project” due to their focus on the French region’s two flagship grapes, as well as the project’s quality focus – the new wines are attempting to rival Burgundy’s highest level: grand cru.

He also said that the upcoming Errázuriz “icons” will be single vineyard wines from Chile’s newly-recognised Aconcagua Costa region, because it is a “top class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir zone”.

Chadwick admitted that he had intended to produce an “icon white” from Chile when he co-founded Seña back in 1995 – a joint venture with Robert Mondavi which yielded Chile’s first ‘icon’ wine using red Bordeaux grapes from the Aconcagua Valley.

But he explained that it was not until his planting of a new cool climate area in the coastal part of the Aconcagua Valley in 2006, officially recognised in September 2012 as Aconcagua Costa, that he found an area producing grand cru quality Chardonnay as well as Pinot Noir.

“Now, with Aconcagua Costa, we are there, we have the terroir to come up with world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and we will have a new twin icon from Aconcagua Costa which will be released in late 2015,” he told db last month.

Indeed, Chadwick has previously said during an interview with db in late 2012 that the Chardonnay from Aconcagua Costa had “an additional level of minerality and complexity” compared to the producer’s plantings in Casablanca.

Errazuriz range

The Errázuriz range is headed by ‘icons’

As for the new red “icon” based on Pinot Noir, Chadwick said that Errázuriz winemaker Francisco Beattig had been “really focusing on Pinot for the last five years” helped by the support of Burgundian consultant Louis-Michel Liger-Belair.

Such attention to detail is “now paying dividends,” added Chadwick, suggesting that it would give Errázuriz a competitive advantage.

Noting that the 2014 launch vintage was afflicted by frost at the start of the growing season and relatively cool conditions at the end, the crop of Pinot was “small, intense, and pure” with “good acidity”, and, stated Chadwick, “top quality Pinot with freshness and pure fruit is not easy to find”.

Chadwick added that the new releases would “definitely come under the Errázuriz umbrella”, unlike either the aforementioned Seña or Viñedo Chadwick, which is a pure Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo run as a separate project since it was released in 1999 by Eduardo Chadwick.

Leave a Reply

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

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

Senior National Account Manager

Bibendum PLB
London, UK

ON-TRADE Sales Executive

Roberson Wine
London, UK

OFF-TRADE Sales Executive

Roberson Wine
London, UK

Judging Week Runners

Decanter World Wine Awards
ExCel Centre, London E16, UK

Sales Administrator

Les Caves de Pyrène
Guildford, UK

Retail Commercial Executive

Laithwaite's Wine
Theale, Berkshire

Wine Buyer

Conviviality Plc
Crewe, UK

Sales Account Manager - On-Trade

Berkmann Wine Cellars
Liverpool

Sales Account Manager - On-Trade

Berkmann Wine Cellars
M3/M4 corridor

Media Sales Manager - Hong Kong

The Drinks Business Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Regional Account Manager

New Generation McKinley
London, UK

Experienced Sales Account Manager – On Trade

Cantina Goccia
London and the south, UK

National Sales Manager – Premium Drinks

Core Recruitment
London based with national travel

The Global Merlot Masters 2017

Deadline : 24th February 2017

The Prosecco Masters 2017

Deadline : 10th March 2017

db Awards 2017

Deadline : 28th April 2017

The Global Organic Masters 2017

Deadline : 3rd March 2017

Click to view more

The Global Sparkling Masters

the drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Sparkling Masters

The Global Rosé Masters 2016

the drinks business is proud to announce the launch of the Global Rosé Masters 2016.

The Prosecco Masters 2016

Now in its third year, the competition will reflect the growth in popularity of this fresh and exciting sparkling wine from the picturesque regions of Veneto and Friuli.

The Global Pinot Noir Masters 2016

After the success of last year’s competition that judged over 250 wines from no less than 16 countries, the drinks business is proud to announce the third year of the Global Pinot Noir Masters

Click to view more