2022 Vina Carmen Chardonnay Gran Reserva

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Type of Wine White
Country Chile
Region Casablanca Valley
Winery Vina Carmen
Vintage 2022
Grape Chardonnay
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13%)
Drink window 2023 - 2029
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What a thick Chardonnay, this Carmen Gran Reserva, a fully wood-matured Chilean Chardonnay. And you can taste that because it is wonderfully creamy and full, with many complex impressions. Due to the aging of part of the wine in new oak, this Carmen Gran Reserva Chardonnay has the scent of vanilla and toast, hazelnuts and almonds, peaches and mango.

In the cool Casablanca Valley, the grapes for this special Chardonnay are planted on a subsoil rich in clay and loam. The ideal conditions for making top quality Chardonnay. The grapes are no more than thirty kilometers away from the cool Pacific. The grapes are carefully harvested by hand and then strictly controlled before being pressed in the cellar. To prevent the wine from becoming too bitter, a short, vigorous oxidation takes place. The wine is completely fermented in French oak barrels. After aging in barrel for eight months, the wine is ready for bottling. What a nice wine this is! We also lack nothing in terms of taste, good balance between acids and bitters and a nice length. Taste impressions of yellow fruit, vanilla, herbs and very ripe apricots complete the whole!

Vintage 2022 - 91pt (James Suckling)
Vintage 2022 - 90pt (The Wine Advocate)

Vineyard for 2022 Vina Carmen Chardonnay Gran Reserva

Carmen is the oldest of the bodegas still active in Chilean viticulture. The house was founded in 1850 by Chistian Lanz, who named the winery after his beloved wife Carmen. Until 1987 it led a fairly inconspicuous existence. However, it was then taken over by the Claro family, who were also involved as co-owners in companies such as Santa Rita and Los Vascos. Substantial investments were made, and the opportunity was seized to establish one of Chile's most modern wine companies. In 1994, the carménère grape variety was rediscovered in the vineyards of Carmen. It was long thought that this grape variety was extinct because of the phylloxera, but research showed that the grape was still planted in the Alta Maipo Valley vineyards of Carmen. Since its rediscovery, the carménère grape has become the signature variety for Chilean viticulture. Due to the construction at the foot of the Andes mountains, the new cellars from the winery could be constructed in such a way that all movements with the wine only take place under the influence of gravity. The use of pumps, which somehow 'damage' the wine, make it less of a quality, is completely avoided in this way.

However, the basis of Carmen's success does not even lie in the state-of-the-art installations, but in the vineyard. The professional team of oenologists, led by María del Pilar González, also plays an important role in the production of quality wines. With its arrival in the early 1990s, the emphasis was placed on the quality of the grapes by the young winemaker Alvaro Espinoza. Now that winemaker Emily Faulconer has taken over Carmen's premium range, the focus is on making wines with their own identity and salvaging the value of the terroir they come from. Winemaker Emily Faulconer studied agricultural engineering at the Universidad Católica de Chile. She worked in wineries in the United States (Cakebread Cellars), New Zealand (Trinity Hill Winery) and France (Chateau Canon). Faulconer has also previously worked as head winemaker in Viña Arboleda, where she managed the viticultural and viticultural areas, emphasizing the production of fine wines with a sense of origin.

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Type of Wine White
Country Chile
Region Casablanca Valley
Winery Vina Carmen
Grape Chardonnay
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2022
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2029
Alcohol % 13
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Promotion Tier Price
Parker rating 90
James Suckling rating 91
Tasting Profiles Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit
Drink moments Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch
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