William Fèvre - Chile
Gran Cuvée: Carmenère 2006

Chile is the only country that grows Carmenère vines engrafted. This vine stock originated from Bordeaux, from where it has almost completely disappeared, has been rediscovered in Chile a few years ago.
Our Carmenère vineyards are located in San Luis de Pirque, in the Maipo Valley.

Winemaking process:

Our Carmenère wine is elaborated in little tanks in which are held 6,000 to 7,000 kilos of grapes. The pre-fermentation lasts four days in order to obtain optimum extraction of color and increase the fruit. The fermentation process involves a pumping over twice a day, and temperatures are strictly controlled and remain under 30°C.
Post fermentation maceration lasts three weeks, to achieve good levels of tannins. It is followed by a malo-lactic fermentation, and then is aged ten months in French oak barrels from various forests and makers, allowing a greater complexity.

Tasting note:

Leaving up to its expectation of a fine aging wine, this Carmenère Gran Cuvée from the 2006 vintage is even more surprising! It possesses an intense purple color and on the nose is a great complexity of green pepper (characteristic of this grapes, particularly enhance this vintage ), wild black berries with aromas of smoke and mild wood.
On the palate, the attack supple and generous, the tannins are velvety and persistent.
The qualities of this well structured Carmenère are enhanced with several years of aging in the bottle.


Food Recommendation: Beef, Game

Cheese Recommendation: Firm Cheeses

Technical information:
Harvest date: May 15th, 2006
Harvest Method: manually in small cases of 20 kilos
Production: 24.000 bottles
Alcohol degree: 13.9 % Vol.
Residual sugars: 3,5 g/l
pH: 3.69
Total acidity: 3.50 g/l
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