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Wine By Grape Variety | Carménère

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The Carménère grape has found its home in Chile, but during the early19th century it was one of the most widely cultivated grape varieties in the Médoc and Graves regions of Bordeaux where it was a valued blending partner of Cabernet Franc. However its susceptibility to phylloxera led growers to uproot the vine in the 1860s and replacing it with better yielding grape varieties such as Merlot.

Carménère was first introduced in Chile in the 19th century where it thrived on the country’s phylloxera-free vineyards, as most of its vines are planted on native rootstock. For a long time it stayed in obscurity, as it was mixed with Merlot plantings in the vineyards; however, in recent times it has been correctly identified, vinified and labelled separately in its own right.

In Chile it is typically blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, imparting succulent and luxurious fruitiness and many of the country’s flagship wines incorporate judicious proportions of Carménère in their blends. It is now also increasingly being bottled as a single varietal wine. 

Carménère wines are deeply coloured and are usually well structured with smooth, well-rounded tannins, and ripe berry fruit flavours. Cooler climate regions, like the coastal Limari in Chile, produce an earthy, leaner, more elegant style with crunchy red fruit and green pepper flavours. Warmer climates, like in Maipo, give concentrated, heady wines, inky-coloured and with opulent notes of dark chocolate, soy sauce and black pepper.

 

Casa Felipe Carménère 2017

From £7.95 - per bottle
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El Campesino Cabernet Carménère 2017

From £8.25 - per bottle
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D'Alamel Carmenère Reserva 2016

From £9.50 - per bottle
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De Martino Legado Reserva Carménère 2017

From £12.50 - per bottle
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Haras de Pirque Reserva de Propiedad 2016

From £12.50 - per bottle
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Lapostolle Le Rouge 2013

From £13.75 - per bottle
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Matetic Corralillo Carménère 2014

From £14.50 - per bottle
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Terre di San Leonardo 2015

From £16.50 - per bottle
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Château Saint Aubin Cru Bourgeois 2014

From £16.95 - per bottle
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Arboleda Carménère 2015

From £17.50 - per bottle
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Haras de Pirque Galantas Gran Reserva 2016

From £24.95 - per bottle
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Villa Gresti di San Leonardo 2013

From £28.00 - per bottle
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Ca' del Bosco Corte del Lupo Rosso 2016

From £32.00 - per bottle
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Le Petit Clos de Clos Apalta 2014

From £49.95 - per bottle
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Viña VIK La Piu Belle 2011

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San Leonardo 2013

From £55.00 - per bottle
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Clos Apalta 2015

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Clos Apalta 2014

£110.00
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VIK 2012

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