What makes Carmín de Peumo a stand-out Chilean carmenere?

access_time 2020 · 06 · 01

It is consistently voted one of the finest Carmeneres in the world and has come to define this most mysterious of grapes.

Carmín de Peumo is Chile’s icon Carmenere, and is grown in special blocks in the renowned Peumo terroir, known for producing the finest vintages of this French grape variety.

  Considered one of the six original red grapes of Bordeaux, Carmenere was thought to be extinct for nearly 150 years after phylloxera wiped out vineyards across Europe. During this time, Chilean vintners unknowingly preserved the Carmenere grape, mistaking it for Merlot. This wine kept itself secretly preserved for over a century, and after a wine expert discovered this hidden treasure in 1994, it made its tremendous return as one of the most beloved Chilean red wines.

Carmín de Peumo Carmenere is a testament to the exceptional journey of Chilean Carmenere red wine. The elements that go into each bottle, from the soil and climate of Peumo all the way to the winemaker himself, each play a crucial role in the finished product, a wine with depth and elegance, underscored by ripe, smooth tannins.

Garlanded with awards and consistently earning remarkable scores, ranging from 93 to 96 points, from the leading experts around the world, Carmín de Peumo Carmenere is the sum of its extraordinary parts.

 

Idyllic conditions

The Peumo Vineyard has grown Carmenere from Chile for over 100 years, making it one of the most famous terroirs for Carmenere red wine in the world. Set on terraces in the hills of the country’s Chilean Coastal Range, this vineyard sits 170 metres above sea level.  

It’s distinctive location, means warm days and cooler nights that strike the perfect balance for growing this special grape, ensuring it ripens slowly. Set within a narrow valley, it is protected from the harshest of conditions but receives cool winds from the Cachapoal River to create a microclimate protecting the elegant fruit from freezing temperatures.

The silty-clay soil retains water, which ensures this vineyard is never low on water, even if one year sees a lower than average rainfall and controls the growth of the vines.

Prized among the oldest Concha y Toro vineyards, with vines averaging more than 30 years of age, this award-winning wine has earned its place as a stand-out Carménère from Chile, and one that defines the variety around the world.

 

The man behind the bottle

Guided by expert winemaker Marcio Ramírez, the process of crafting Carmín de Peumo is as vital to the quality of each vintage. Bringing his more than 20 years of experience at Concha y Toro to this exceptional wine and has long had a special focus on the Carmenere grape. Marcio works to ensure each bottle is a faithful expression of the special features of this variety and the Peumo Vineyard to create a truly unique combination.

 

A world-class effort

With vines first planted in 1987 and the Peumo Vineyard carefully divided into blocks to enhance the precision involved in crafting this exceptional wine, Carmín de Peumo Carmenere is a work of dedication. 

Not only are the grapes hand-picked during the May harvest, they are also blended with 3.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1.5% Cabernet Franc to lend extra structure to this luscious wine

It is also aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, bringing a complexity to the wine, a deep and concentrated flavour with a long finish, balanced by the distinctive minerality of Peumo’s terroir.

 

Awarded for excellence

Long considered the icon of Chile, Carmín de Peumo has impressed experts around the world. It has been praised for its ‘intoxicating depth’ by Wine & Spirits magazine and is described as setting the benchmark for what can be achieved with the Carmenere grape by Wine Spectator. It is also consistently scoring among the best wines in the world, with Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate awarding Carmín de Peumo 2018 an impressive 94 points, while Tim Atkin awarded the 2017 vintage 96 points and Descorchados recognised the 2017 vintage with 95 points. 

Whether you are saving your Carmín de Peumo to allow it to age even further or are eager to enjoy it now, it is best served with red meats, such as rare roast beef, veal or pork tenderloin, or with cheeses such as aged goats cheese.

However you enjoy your Carmín de Peumo, take a moment to appreciate this icon of Chile, a wine that has breathed new life into this once-extinct grape variety and representing the finest quality of Chilean winemaking to the world.  

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