Here are eight of Chile’s best Carmenère wines

15th September, 2020 by Patrick Schmitt

Following an extensive tasting of Chilean wines last month, we bring you eight brilliant reds based on the country’s emblematic grape: Carmenère.

Shipments of vines from Bordeaux, believed to be Merlot, were planted in Chile in the 1800s in the Alto Jahuel region of the Maipo Valley by viticulturists at Viña Carmen – Chile’s oldest winery. After the devastation caused by the phylloxera bug in the 1850s throughout Europe, it was through that the Carménère grape variety was extinct. It was not until 24 November, 1994, that French ampelographer Jean Michel Boursiquot identified Carménère vines, previously thought to be Merlot, growing in Viña Carmen’s Alto Maipo vineyards.

Once widely planted in Bordeaux, Carmenère was believed to have….

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