The new wave of interest is Chilean boutique multi-varietal blends which are capturing new attention from U.S. wine trades and wine drinkers alike?
For example, Altaïr Winery’s limited release Sideral 2003 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (84%), merlot (10%), Syrah (4%) and Sangiovese (2%).
Altaïr & Sideral Leads A New Wave of Interest In Chilean Super Premium Wines
Chile’s established wine players, among them, Montes Alpha, Concha y Toro, and Santa Rita continue to be prized among U.S. wine lovers for their astounding combination of quality and value. While these wineries have helped make Chile the third largest source of U.S. wine imports, they have also paved the way for America’s interest in Chile’s new crop of super premium boutique wines.
While Chile is perhaps best known for its single varietal wines – its rich Malbec, hearty pre-phylloxera Carmenère as well its award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, a new wave of interest in boutique multi-varietal blends are capturing new interest from U.S. wine trades and wine drinkers alike.
Riding the crest of this new interest in Chilean super premium wines is Altaïr Vineyards & Winery, a joint venture between Laurent Dassault, of Saint-Émilion’s Grand Cru Classé Château Dassault, and Guillermo Luksic of Viña San Pedro, Chile’s second-largest winery. A boutique project in every sense of the word, the winery only releases two wines each year, Altaïr and Sideral.
To craft the ultimate Chilean Grand Cru, Dassault and Luksic engaged noted Bordeaux oenologist Pascal Chatonnet and Chilean oenologist Ana-María Cumsille to bring the best of their two worlds together. Altaïr Winery’s limited release Sideral 2003, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (84%), merlot (10%), Syrah (4%) and Sangiovese (2%) is their latest effort.
Located approximately 60 miles south of Santiago in the Alto Cachapoal Valley, in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, the winery combines traditional French technique and equipment with a modern gravity flow process. Perfectionist winemaker Anna Maria Cumsille has experience across the globe, with a resume that includes stages at Bordeaux’s Chateau Margaux and Chateau La Louviere.
Sideral, which was a featured wine at the January 2009 Winter Fancy Foods Show, will also be showcased at the Third Consular Press Office (CPO) wine tasting/luncheon at Upstairs2 restaurant, owned by the LA Wine House, Los Angeles’ leading wine retailer on Wednesday April 15, 2009 from 11:30 to 2pm.
Jordan MacKay, Wine writer for Wines and Spirits Magazine, Bonnie Graves, wine writer, yahoo.com, wine consultant and sommelier and Patrick Comiskey, Senior Contributor, Los Angeles Times Food and Wines and Spirits will be there to judge the wines.
For more information please visit www.altairwines.com.
About Chilean Wines
Chile is one of the New World’s oldest wine producers with a history spanning 450 years. In fact, Chilean wine production precedes California’s by more than 200 years and Australia’s by nearly 300 years. Chile is also considered one of the world’s most ecologically-sound places to grow wine, with many of its vineyards organic. Chile’s wine valleys possess just the right mix of soil, sunlight exposure, temperature, and humidity condition to grow grapes yielding premier wines that lead the world in volume, sales and international recognition.
Over the past decade, foreign investors have flocked to Chile, drawn by its optimal climate and soil conditions, the promise of first-rate fruit and its consistently healthy harvest. Among these world class investors who have established operations in Chile are: Bodegas Torres, Chateau Lafite, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Franciscan Oakville Estate, Grand Marnier, and Kendall-Jackson.
ProChile, the Trade Commission of Chile, is part of the General Directorate of International Economic Affairs of Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is responsible for implementing and enhancing Chile’s trade policy. ProChile’s mission is to provide support to small and medium-sized enterprises, helping to encourage and diversify exports of Chilean products and services by increasing the number of export markets and companies. It does so by providing the necessary tools to aid Chile’s economy in its process of going international. ProChile’s Trade Offices and Agencies are located in over 35 countries, covering 90 percent of the destination markets for Chilean exports. For more information please visit www.chileinfo.com or www.prochile.us.