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Posted by Christian Callec on woensdag, augustus 15th, 2012

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J. BOUCHON ‘LAS MERCEDES’ ENSAMBLAJE 2008, MAULE: I visited this very friendly winery just after the terrible 2010 earthquake. A lot of damages, but also and above all a huge amount of courage and perseverance. All is rebuilt and life goes on… This wine is a blend of 45% cabernet sauvignon, 40% syrah and 15% malbec, all from one of the most interesting regions of Chile, Maule. Deep and intense ruby colour. Very expressive nose with nuances of ripe fruit (cherry, plums…), a hint of herbaceous (cabernet sauvignon), some graphite (syrah), smoke, spices and minerality. On the palate, quite a great balance, not too much alcohol, lot of juice, lovely fresh, with ripe and soft tannins. Very pleasant wine with a good ageing potential. Simply delicious. This is a gastronomic wine with a wide matching range, from grilled or barbecued red meat to lamb roast, duck breast, spicy beef stew, grilled or oven baked farm chicken with aromatic herbs…   *** Good wine with character and complexity, very good value for money (€ 19 retail in NL).


VIÑA SIEGEL ‘GRAN CRUCERO’ LIMITED EDITION 2009, COLCHAGUA: This was for me the encounter with Viña Siegel. I had heard a lot about this winery, but never had the chance before to taste the wines. The wines under the CRUCERO blend are made from own grapes. The GRAN CRUCERO is the flagship of Viña Siegel. It is a blend of 45% cabernet sauvignon, 35% syrah and 20% carmenère. Total production: 1,500 boxes, 18,000 bottles for 2009. Enough, isn’t it? But now, the taste proof: beautiful colour, deep and intense ruby red. The nose is complex aromatic; I opened the bottle 2 hours before the meal to smell it from the bottle and it was not good enough, too much oak, tobacco, smoke, chocolate, liquorice, mocha and herbaceous hints (cabernet) and too little fruit. I poured it over in a decanter and let it (cooled) breath for 1 hour. Great difference! Loads of ripe fruit, elegant oak tones, citrus freshness, spices, some green and red bell pepper (cabernet + carmenère), a hint of graphite (syrah) and aromatic herbs, with mocha, chocolate, toast and smoke as figurants on the background. To avoid the heat of alcohol during the meal, I served it at 14°C which soon turned to 16°C in the glass. Perfect! The wine is then crispy fresh, very juicy, fruity, powerful but still elegant and classy, with soft tannins, a good and generous structure, great balance, and a long, spicy, fruity and sexy finish. Serving temperature (cooler!) and aeration are here absolutely important to enjoy the real quality of this wine. Very gastronomic, would match with grilled, baked and stewed red meat, lamb, duck, venison… but also with some vegetarian dishes like grilled polenta with a fricassee of wild mushrooms, scallions, garlic and aromatic herbs. A great discovery! *** Good wine with character and complexity, very good value for money (€ 23 retail in NL).


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