Top 10 Chilean winemakers to watch

4. Andrea Leon

Andrea-Leon

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When a young winemaker is given their own personal line at a Michel Rolland winery, you know that they are doing something right. Andrea León has worked for Lapostolle (the family behind Grand Marnier) since 2004, winemaking with their high profile consultant Rolland in the biodynamic Apalta winery. However when her own personal style began to diverge from Rolland’s, Lapostolle gave León the freedom to develop her own range, which is now one of the most interesting collections in Chile. León produces an adventurous terroir series of seven Syrahs from around Chile, three Carmenères, and a few less common varieties including Muscat, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre, Carignan and Grenache.

Her exploration in Syrah is on trend with what is becoming one of Chile’s most promising varieties, and León shows the potential of this versatile variety from coastal and mountainous regions of Elqui, Casablanca, San Antonio, Cachapoal and Colchagua. “It was just an idea from when I was working before in San Pedro and I could see Syrah from all over Chile tasting great from the coast to the Andes,” she says. The Syrah assortment ranges from floral and spicy to rich tapenade and intense dark fruit, however León’s style is clear: smooth tannins, a backbone of acidity from earlier harvesting, and minimum oak, letting the wine and place talk for themselves.

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