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Chile

Chile

As the world's fifth largest wine exporter with a vineyard footprint of over 200,000 hectares, Chile is not the overnight sensation that it may appear to be on the surface. Vines were first planted in this stick-thin South American country by the Spanish in the 1500s, and by the 19th century Chilean wine barons had taken a distinctly French view of proceedings, ripping out inferior Spanish vines and replanting vineyards with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Carmenere, another French import, has had a new lease of life as Chile's national grape and produces inky wines with earthy fruit and spicy tannins. Regions to watch out for include the the Central, Aconcagua and San Antonio Valleys, and the high-altitude vineyards of the Elqui Valley.

Following some quality and political issues in the first half of the 20th century, by the 1980s Chile was rapidly expanding its global footprint and became the powerhouse it is today as a reliable source of good value, consistent wines. There is much more to Chile than value, however, and the country produces exceptional, expensive age-worthy red wines that are worth seeking out for the cellar.

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  • 2013

    Vina Montes Purple Angel

    Vina Montes

    Vina Montes Purple Angel

    This superb wine represents a whole new dimension for Carmenere, the long-lost grape variety that recently resurfaced in Chile after being presumed extinct in Bordeaux, its original home. This is a flagship Carmenere from the Montes stable, and one of the best examples of the grape money can buy.

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    • (12 x 75cl)
      £395.88
      Only 1 left in stock
  • 2011

    Los Vascos Les Dix de Los Vascos

    Barons de Rothschild, Lafite

    Los Vascos Les Dix de Los Vascos

    First produced to celebrate ten years of winemakiung in Chile by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), Les Dix de Los Vascos is primarily made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes taken from 70-year-old vines in the Colchagua Valley. Seriously good wine - powerful and elegant, with fantastic, complex flavours.

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    • (6 x 75cl)
      £215.88

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