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Carménère

Carménère is a deep, dark-skinned grape variety, best known for its deep purple-red colour and full-bodied, spicy wines. Originating in Bordeaux, France, it has made its way to other parts of the world, where it has been used to produce some truly remarkable wines.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Carménère is a dark-skinned grape variety with aromas ranging from ripe red fruits, plums, and cherries, to spicy, smoky and herbaceous notes. On the palate, the wines are usually full-bodied and intense, with soft tannins and a slight spicy finish.

Fresh Carménère grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Originally grown in France's Bordeaux region, Carménère can now be found in various parts of the world, including Chile, Italy, the United States, and New Zealand. It is particularly popular in Chile, where it is used to produce some of the country’s most sought-after wines. Carménère is a late-ripening grape, and as such, it is best suited to warmer climates. To ensure that its grapes reach optimal ripeness, growers must pay close attention to the amount of sunlight and water the vines receive. As for winemaking, Carménère grapes are usually picked relatively late in the season and fermented in oak barrels or stainless steel tanks. Carménère wines vary greatly in style depending on where they are produced. Wines from France tend to be full-bodied and intense, with strong tannins and a spicy finish. Meanwhile, wines from Chile are often softer and more fruit-forward, and can range from light-bodied and easy drinking to more complex and age-worthy. Carménère is an incredibly versatile wine that pairs well with a wide range of dishes. Its intense, full-bodied flavours work well with red and white meat dishes, as well as robust vegetarian dishes. It also pairs well with aged cheeses, making it an ideal accompaniment to a cheese platter.

Foods to pair with Carménère:

Pizza
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Salad
Fun Fact about Carménère
In the twentieth century, Carménère in Chile was mistaken for Merlot where it was called the “Chilean Merlot“. However, DNA testing in the late 1990s clearly showed that this grape variety grown in Chile was in fact Carménère. Since then, it has become increasingly popular in its home country.

Top Wines with Carménère

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Terrunyo Carménère (Peumo Vineyard Block 27)

Terrunyo

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Terrunyo Carménère from Peumo Vineyard Block 27 is a premium wine produced by Concha y Toro, one of Chile's most renowned wineries. The wine is made from grapes grown in the Peumo appellation, known for its unique terroir and ideal growing conditions for Carménère. The vineyard features deep alluvial soils and a Mediterranean climate, which contribute to the wine's rich and complex flavors. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the best grapes, followed by fermentation and aging in French oak barrels. The resulting wine is full-bodied and elegant, with notes of black fruit, spices, and a hint of chocolate. Terrunyo Carménère is a perfect choice for wine enthusiasts looking for a high-quality, distinctive wine with a sense of place.
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Château Clerc Milon Pauillac (Grand Cru Classé)

Château Clerc Milon

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Château Clerc Milon Pauillac (Grand Cru Classé) is a red Bordeaux wine from the appellation of Pauillac. Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenère, the wine is full-bodied and powerful, yet elegant and subtly complex. On the nose, the wine displays aromas of blackberry, cassis, tobacco, and cedar, with hints of truffle and graphite. On the palate, the wine is rich and concentrated, with flavors of dark fruits, spice, and cedar, complemented by soft tannins and a long, lingering finish. A great example of a classic Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé, Château Clerc Milon Pauillac is sure to please any red wine connoisseur.
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Steak
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Game
Lamb
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Château de Pressac Saint-Émilion Grand Cru (Grand Cru Classé)

Château de Pressac

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Château de Pressac Saint-Émilion Grand Cru is a prestigious wine from the renowned Saint-Émilion appellation in Bordeaux, France. This Grand Cru Classé is produced from grapes grown in the vineyards surrounding the historic Château de Pressac. The vineyard features a unique terroir, with a combination of clay, limestone, and sandy soils, which impart complexity and character to the wine. The winemaking process involves careful selection and hand-harvesting of the grapes, followed by traditional vinification techniques. The resulting wine is known for its elegant and refined style, with a harmonious balance of fruit, tannins, and acidity. Château de Pressac Saint-Émilion Grand Cru is a true expression of the terroir and craftsmanship of the region.
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Escudo Rojo Carménère Reserva

Escudo Rojo

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he "Escudo Rojo Carménère Reserva" is a testament to the craftsmanship of Viña Baron Philippe de Rothschild's Chilean estate. Situated in the Maipo Valley, a region renowned for its premium vineyards and ideal growing conditions, this wine is a celebration of the Carménère grape, Chile's signature varietal. The vineyards benefit from a unique combination of a Mediterranean climate, mineral-rich soils, and optimal sun exposure, allowing the grapes to develop full-bodied flavors and a deep, vibrant color. The winemaking process is meticulously managed to preserve the varietal's character, incorporating both traditional practices and modern technology to enhance the wine's complexity and ensure its high quality. The "Escudo Rojo Carménère Reserva" embodies the elegance and intensity of its origins, offering a refined expression of the Maipo Valley's terroir.
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Chicken
Pork
Pasta
Vegetable
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Noodle
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Duck And Goose
Ham And Bacon
Egg
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Viu Manent Estate Collection Reserva Carménère

Viu Manent

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Viu Manent Estate Collection Reserva Carménère is a premium red wine produced by Viu Manent, a renowned winery in the Colchagua Valley of Chile. The wine is made from the Carménère grape variety, which is known for its rich and complex flavors. The grapes are sourced from carefully selected vineyards with unique soil and climate conditions that contribute to the wine's distinctive character. The winemaking process involves a combination of traditional and modern techniques, resulting in a wine that is both elegant and full-bodied. The wine boasts a deep ruby color and aromas of black fruit, spices, and tobacco. On the palate, it is smooth and velvety with a long and satisfying finish. Overall, Viu Manent Estate Collection Reserva Carménère is a must-try for wine enthusiasts looking for a high-quality wine with a unique and authentic character.
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