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Carménère

The destiny of Carménère was to leave Bordeaux. Though related to every other Bordeaux grape it couldn’t stand the insects and rain and found a better life far away - in Chile. It was a lucky escape too: becoming almost extinct elsewhere, it wasn’t till 1994 that Chile realised many of its oldest Merlot vines were in fact the infinitely less popular Carménère. By that time however Carménère had come into its own, Chile’s dry heat making it more complete and satisfying: its Cabernet-like tannins ripened better while its Merlot-like plumpness made fuller, richer wines. Such examples are now Chile’s flagship - and the variety’s classic expression - with New World plantings outside America being almost as rare as they now are in Bordeaux. 

Carménère

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  1. 2013 Qala Carmenere

    2013 Qala Carmenere

    92 Points Richard Caro
    Serious good, this wine is discounted - but even at the old price it was crazy cheap! From 50+ year old vines, this stunning wine emanates pure quality and depth in clean black and red fruits ...
    Elsewhere up to $17.99 Save $2 $15.99 a bottle

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