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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 2018

From £8.25 - per bottle
Great value Chilean Carménère from renowned Viña Luis Felipe Edwards... Read More...

El Campesino Cabernet Carménère 2018

From £8.25 - per bottle
A juicy Cabernet - Carménère red wine blend packed full of smoky, black fruits... Read More...

D'Alamel Carmenère Reserva 2016

From £9.50 - per bottle
The D'Alamel Carmenère Reserva is a great value red wine from the stable... Read More...

Morandé Pionero Carménère Reserva 2018

From £9.50 - per bottle
Great value expression of Chile's signature grape... Read More...

De Martino Estate Carménère 2017

From £9.75 - per bottle
The Estate Carménère is an excellent example of this emblematic Chilean variety... Read More...

Oveja Negra Winemaker's Selection Cabernet Franc Carménère 2018

From £10.75 - per bottle
The Oveja Negra Winemaker's Selection range showcases the spirit of a black sheep;... Read More...

Lapostolle Grand Selection Carménère 2015

From £11.50 - per bottle
The Rapel Valley is one of the few places in Chile where the... Read More...

Haras de Pirque Reserva de Propiedad 2016

From £12.50 - per bottle
The Haras de Pirque Reserva de Propiedad is a red wine blend made... Read More...

De Martino Legado Reserva Carménère 2017

From £12.95 - per bottle
Spicy aromas, good structure with dark chocolate, juicy tannins and a long finish... Read More...

Lapostolle Le Rouge 2013

From £13.75 - per bottle
Le Rouge from Lapostolle is a wonderful red wine blend of Syrah (30%),... Read More...

Matetic Corralillo Carménère

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The Matetic Corralillo Carménère comes from the Colchagua valley, specifically Apalta, from vineyards... Read More...

Cecilia Beretta FREEDA Rosé 2018

From £14.50 - per bottle
Elegant, fruity aromas and crisp finish FREEDA is perfect for long, lazy afternoons... Read More...

Terre di San Leonardo 2016

From £16.50 - per bottle
A Bordeaux blend that follows in the footsteps of its 'elder brother'... Read More...

Arboleda Carménère 2016

From £16.95 - per bottle
A ripe, elegant, smooth and satisfying Carménère, rich in dark berry fruits and spice... Read More...

Château Saint Aubin Cru Bourgeois 2014

From £16.95 - per bottle
Château Saint-Aubin is a red wine from the Médoc. The vineyards are planted... Read More...

Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Carménère 2016

From £16.95 - per bottle
The Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Carménère is a wine of elegance, balance and with... Read More...

Viña Pérez Cruz Carménère Limited Edition 2017

From £17.00 - per bottle
Viña Pérez Cruz Carménère Limited Edition is made from premium Carménère grapes grown... Read More...

Undurraga Terroir Hunter Syrah 2017

From £19.75 - per bottle
An award winning spicy and peppery cool climate Syrah from Chile's Leyda Valley... Read More...

Haras de Pirque Galantas Gran Reserva 2016

From £24.95 - per bottle
Haras de Pirque "Galantas" Gran Reserva represents the perfect expression of the Cabernet... Read More...

De Martino Alto de Piedras Carménère 2015

From £25.00 - per bottle
Single vineyard Carménère from arguably Chile's finest exponent of the grape - De Martino... Read More...

Viña Echeverría Founder's Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

From £26.00 - per bottle
The Viña Echeverría Founder's Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is made from fruit sourced in... Read More...

Villa Gresti di San Leonardo 2013

From £28.00 - per bottle
San Leonardo's Villa Gresti is a red wine made from a selection of... Read More...

De Martino Limávida Single Vineyard Malbec 2013

From £29.95 - per bottle
A field blend, Limávida comes from an old vineyard planted in 1945... Read More...

De Martino Las Cruces Single Vineyard Old Vine Field Blend 2016

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Limited edition field blend of Malbec and Carmenere from a single vineyard planted in 1957... Read More...

Ca' del Bosco Corte del Lupo Rosso 2016

From £32.00 - per bottle
Ca' del Bosco Corte del Lupo Rosso is a red grape blend of... Read More...
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Viña VIK Milla Cala

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The Viña VIK Milla Cala is a red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon... Read More...

Undurraga Altazor 2015

From £48.00 - per bottle
A wine that perfectly expresses the character and finesse of Cabernet Sauvignon... Read More...

Le Petit Clos de Clos Apalta 2014

From £49.95 - per bottle
Although Le Petit Clos de Clos Apalta maybe considered the second wine of... Read More...

Viña VIK La Piu Belle 2011

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The Viña VIK La Piu Belle is an elegant and complex blend of... Read More...

San Leonardo 2014

From £55.00 - per bottle
A powerful yet elegant red, San Leonardo brings together the colours, aromas and... Read More...

Clos Apalta 2015

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The Apalta vineyard is located 170 Kilometers South West of Santiago in Chile's... Read More...

Clos Apalta 2014

£110.00
The Apalta vineyard is located 170 Kilometers South West of Santiago in Chile's... Read More...

VIK 2012

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VIK by Viña VIK is a super premium red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon... Read More...