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  • Carménère Wine

    Carménère is an ancient red grape variety that orinially comes from France and is used for the production of red wine
    Up until the phylloxera plague in the late 19th century, the Carménère was a very popular and commonly grown vine represented in almost all French Bordeaux wines. However following the phylloxera plague, it disappeared almost completely from the vineyards of France. Nevertheless, the Carménère is still one of only six grapes approved for the production of Bordeaux wines today, alongside the Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot.

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    Carmenère Gran Reserva 2017 - Terra Noble
    Carmenère Gran Reserva 2017 - Terra Noble
    Terra Noble dry Chile
    13.99 €*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (€18.65 * / 1 liter(s))
    70342-CL-RW-CA-003-11
    De Gras Reserva Carmenère 2019 - Viña Montgras
    De Gras Reserva Carmenère 2019 - Viña Montgras
    Viña Montgras dry Chile
    8.98 €*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (€11.97 * / 1 liter(s))
    70126-CL-RW-CA-460-12
    Fairtrade
    Santa Digna Carmenère Gran Reserva 2018 - Miguel Torres Chile
    Santa Digna Carmenère Gran Reserva 2018 - Miguel Torres Chile
    Miguel Torres Chile dry Chile
    8.59 €*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (€11.45 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-CL-RW-BL-213-11
    Kai Carmenére 2010 - Errázuriz
    Kai Carmenére 2010 - Errázuriz
    Viña Errazuriz S.A. dry Chile
    115.99 €* €128.90 *
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (€154.65 * / 1 liter(s))
    70012-CL-RW-CA-003-10
    Carmenère Reserva Especial 2017 - Terra Noble
    Carmenère Reserva Especial 2017 - Terra Noble
    Terra Noble dry Chile
    9.98 €*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (€13.31 * / 1 liter(s))
    70342-CL-RW-CA-004-12
    Special Reserve Carménère 2017 - Viña Siegel
    Special Reserve Carménère 2017 - Viña Siegel
    Viña Siegel dry Chile
    11.98 €*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (€15.97 * / 1 liter(s))
    70172-CL-RW-CA-002-12
    Carmenere Grande Reserve 2017 - Viña Los Vascos
    Carmenere Grande Reserve 2017 - Viña Los Vascos
    Viña Los Vascos - Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) dry Chile
    14.99 €*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (€19.99 * / 1 liter(s))
    70336-CL-RW-CA-001-12
    Escudo Rojo Carmenère 2017 - Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Chile
    Escudo Rojo Carmenère 2017 - Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Chile
    Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Chile dry Chile
    10.98 €*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (€14.64 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-Cl-RW-CA-219-12
    Anderra Carmenère 2017 - Philippe de Rothschild
    Anderra Carmenère 2017 - Philippe de Rothschild
    Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Chile dry Chile
    7.49 €*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (€9.99 * / 1 liter(s))
    70217-Cl-RW-CA-001-15
    Cruz Andina Carménère 2018 - Veramonte
    Cruz Andina Carménère 2018 - Veramonte
    Viñedos Veramonte dry Chile
    9.89 €*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (€13.19 * / 1 liter(s))
    70172-CL-RW-CA-008-16
    Primus Carménère 2017 - Veramonte
    Primus Carménère 2017 - Veramonte
    Viñedos Veramonte dry Chile
    14.39 €*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (€19.19 * / 1 liter(s))
    70172-CL-RW-CA-009-14
    Adentu Carménère 2018 - Viña Siegel
    Adentu Carménère 2018 - Viña Siegel
    Viña Siegel dry Chile
    6.99 €*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (€9.32 * / 1 liter(s))
    70172-CL-RW-CA-010-16
    Cordillera Carmenère 2017 - Miguel Torres Chile
    Cordillera Carmenère 2017 - Miguel Torres Chile
    Miguel Torres Chile dry Chile
    14.49 €*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (€19.32 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-CL-RW-CA-001-14
    organic
    Las Mulas Carmenère 2017 - Miguel Torres Chile
    Las Mulas Carmenère 2017 - Miguel Torres Chile
    Miguel Torres Chile dry Chile
    8.50 €*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (€11.33 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-CL-RW-CA-002-17

    Carménère Wines

    Carménère grapevines are very similar to Merlot grapevines, which is why questions regarding their relationship have arisen and why they are often confused with each other. There are definite distinguishing characteristics however: Carménère grapevines differ from those of the Merlot in that their leaves have a light red tinge to them, and the grapes ripen about three weeks later. The Carménère also has a more pronounced flavour than the Merlot and produces the most heavy-bodied red wines, following Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

    The Bouquet of Carménère Wines

    Carménères are generally pleasant and easy to drink. They are characterised by a low tannin content, their dark red colour, and a diverse palate consisting of berry, chocolate, leather and tobacco notes. Carménère is usually used for varietal wines, and maturing them in barriques leads to very fine, complex wines.

    Carménère – A Chilean Success Story

    The Carménère vine has experienced significant success in Chile, where it has been grown since the middle of the 19th century. Due to its similarities with the Merlot grapevine, the Carménères imported from France were often unintentionally planted in polyculture. After the Carménère was almost completely destroyed by the phylloxera plague in Europe, its name almost sank into oblivion in Chile, and the vines were simply viewed as variations of Merlot. Due to its geographical distance, Chile was spared the devastation of the phylloxera plague, and so the Carménère survived almost undiscovered. The difference in flavour between the Merlot wines from Chile and those of other countries was, however, conspicuous. A French ampelographer was finally able to shed some light on the mystery in 1994, when he identified the 'Chilean Merlot' as Carménère grapevines with a DNA analysis.

    Chilean vintners recognised the potential of being able to be the exclusive source of Carménère wines. They increased cultivation of the Carménère grapevines, and in 1996 the Carmen Winery produced the first varietal wine. In the meanwhile, Carménère grapevines cover over 7200 hectares in Chile, and almost 30 % of Carménère wines from Chile are classed as high-quality. Most Carménère wines in the lower price segment are blends.And the Carménère grapevine is also becoming increasingly important in Europe again. Northern Italy, for example, now also produces good varietal Carménère wines, and the ‘Vini del Piave Carménère’ represents the first Carménère wine to be awarded DOC status.

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