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Chile – a wine country constantly evolving in terms of quality, style and diversity

Chile – a wine country
constantly evolving
in terms of
quality,
style and diversity

Andreas Larsson shortly summarizes for all the wine lovers a wonderful week of tasting, discovering and enjoying the great wine of Chile!

“From the lovely sea urchin, abalone, mussels, clams and various fish quenched down with the crisp, biting and fresh whites to high quality meat for the richer reds and traditional rustic to modern fusion dishes for all of the dynamic styles in between to shortly summarize a wonderful week of tasting, discovering and enjoying.”

I first came to Chile around 15 years ago, I found it interesting even if I wasn´t necessarily overwhelmed by the general quality. However coming back in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and now 2017 certainly gave a healthy perspective on how things are constantly evolving in terms of quality, style and diversity.

I never tasted this many good wines at once before, the general level is very high and styles are getting more fine-tuned. Even in the very vast categories like Maipo Cabernet there´s a wider stylistic difference. This was the first time I really thought that Pinot Noir delivered on a high world class level, styles vary but some very fine tuned Burgundian, layered and fresh versions as well as some riper and warmer, yet rewarding ones.

The cool climate Chardonnays are truly wonderful wines with their stony, bright and biting freshness, same goes for the Sauvignons even if they are widely more known internationally. One reflection regarding the whites is that they are feeling drier in the positive sense with less residual sugar it seems.

The wines from Maule left a very good impression, new vibrant and dynamic with Carignan, interesting blends as well as País that nicely combine sunshine and a natural sense of freshness.

Cooler climate Syrah is another category very hard to resist in its spicy, digest and meaty profile. It´s always rewarding with a lot of new regions expanding to the north and to the south with more new blends, varieties and alternative wine styles.

As much as we like to talk about what´s new, looking through the wines and the top scores, we shouldn´t forget the fantastically well crafted, structured and layered Bordeaux style blends and Cabernet that forged the reputation of Chilean wine and still deliver some magnificent world class wines in terms of quality without mentioning quality/price.

I really think the Chileans are spoiled in terms of diversity both in wine styles but also in terms of food.  From the lovely sea urchin, abalone, mussels, clams and various fish quenched down with the crisp, biting and fresh whites to high quality meat for the richer reds and traditional rustic to modern fusion dishes for all of the dynamic styles in between to shortly summarize a wonderful week of tasting, discovering and enjoying.

Chile, August 2017

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Monday 25
Vina San Pedro – Cabo de Hornos Special Reserve 2012
Chile
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScU-9zVl2kQ&t=3s
89 Points

Tuesday 26
Mayu – Malbec Reserva 2013
Chile – Elqui Valley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sjzjVFiDIg
90 Points

Wednesday 27
Justo – Family Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Chile – Colchagua Valley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuGgiFxOoAc&t=22s
89 Points

Thursday 28
Viña Chocolan – Gran Reserva Blend 2012
Chile – Maipo Valley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgoPFrz0PhM&t=4s
87 Points

Friday 29
Emiliana – Coyam 2012
Chile – Colchagua Valley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSn27d2lC2k&t=1s
90 Points

Saturday 30
Viña La Rosa – La Capitana Barrel Reserve 2014
Chile – Cachapoal Valley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYBypHMuJ78
85 Points

Sunday 1
Hacienda Araucano – Alka 2012
Chile – Colchagua Valley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIcNq8Feukg&t=5s
91 Points

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