Chilean wine enters “premium” stage
The reason for buying them now
Chile is the top wine importer for Japan today. In recent years, the country has been remaining on top, surpassing France, which used to be the top importer. France keeps number one position on the sum of import value, as the country’s premium wines are still popular; but Chile also sees the emerging trend of premium wine making these past few years. As Chilean wines are now recognized world-wide not only for their inexpensiveness but also for the quality, and as the wineries in Chile are energized by the market, they are now aiming to produce wines with higher quality. As the terroir is rich and they are determined to improve their winemaking skills, so today, we see many Chilean premium wines appear on the market. At Berlin Tasting held in Berlin in 2004, Viña Errazuriz’s “Vinedo Chadwick” won the first place, outdoing Chateau Lafite and Chateau Margaux. Besides such expensive ones, there are many premium wines that can be enjoyed daily.
For example, “Herencia 2010” by “Santa Carolina” is the bottle that represents today’s Chilean wines; it uses Carménère, most well-known Chilean grape variety, which produces flavor that is elegant and rich. Andrés Caballero, the winemaker who visited Japan this past March told us, Carménère is the variety that represent Chile. We want to deliver its real charm to the wine fans all over the world.” We can feel his pride as winemaker as the wines have expression that can be described very Chilean. On the other hand, like Concha y Toro’s “Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada” the premium wines using international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Sauvignon Blanc, carefully chosen by selecting the harvesting areas, are also emerging. These have flavor that is rich in fruitfulness.
The rising Chilean wines will continue to improve in the future, as the production regions in the country is developing in high speed. It is uncertain how the wines age, it would be a joy for wine lovers to be a witness to the evolving Chilean wines by having them on hand to age.
(Images: Cellars of Santa Carolina, which were registered as national historic monument and “Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada” by Concha y Toro.)
(Text: Kimiko Anzai)
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