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Chile’s Seña 2020 released on La Place de Bordeaux

One of Chile’s most celebrated fine wines, Seña, has started the September flurry of activity on La Place de Bordeaux, with the release of its 2020 vintage.

The 2020 vintage has been released at €85 per bottle ex-négociant, up 6.2% on the 2019’s opening price, and is being offered by the international trade for £1,029 per 12×75.

The Chilean brand has become the leader in the secondary market, accounting for around 46.3% of Chilean wine on the secondary market, according to Liv-ex – although this is off a small base, as Chile accounts for only 0.4% of the wines on the secondary market. This year, its top-traded vintages have been the 2017 and 2019.

In March, Seña released its milestone 2009 vintage from its cellars via La Place de Bordeaux.

Today also marks the release of the first vintage of the estate’s second wine, Rocas de Seña 2020, at €35 per bottle ex-négociant, or being offered for £426 per case (12×75). The Rocas de Seña is blended from “selected blocks of [the] Seña vineyard and the addition of the Mediterranean varieties that flourish in the Aconcagua Valley”, the estate said.

Also out this week was Chilean brand Clos Apalta 2019, which was released on Tuesday for £900 per case (12×75) in bond, with its second wine, Le Petit Clos 2019, also released or £294 (12×75).

Clos Apalta, which is the third most traded South American wine after Almaviva, and according to Liv-ex, the new release is 6.6% more expensive than the current market price of the 2018 vintage.

Seña, a Cabernet blend modelled on the French château concept, using grapes from its own estate in an isolated part of the Aconcagua Valley, was launched in 1997 with the 1995 vintage. Born out of discussions between the late, California-based Robert Mondavi and Edouardo Chadwick of Chile’s Viñedos Familia Chadwick, in 1991. Despite its strong links to Bordeaux, Seña has maintained a distinctly Chilean identity, in part by employing the nation’s emblematic Carmenère grape in the grand vin.

Chile’s Viñedos Familia Chadwick is a holding company for a set of other Chilean wine brands, including Errázuriz, Viñedo Chadwick and Arboleda.

Other South American wineries set to release on La Place this month include Catena Zapata, Viñedo Chadwick, Almaviva, and Cheval des Andes, among others.

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