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The Carmenere Grape

Carmenere was origionally planted in the Medoc area of Bordeaux, although the region now only  gives 1% of its vines to this variety.   It was considered one of the six  origional grapes of Bordeaux – the others being Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

After the Phylloxera plague of 1867, where nearly all the vineyards of Europe were destroyed, Carmenere vines were affected so severely that it was presumed to be extinct.  Fortunately before this disaster vines had been imported into Chile and it is there that they thrive now (probably mainly due to the fact that they were regularly mistaken for Merlot).

Carmenere is a difficult grape to grow and produces generally low yields, but when ripe it adds unique spicy, red fruit and smoky qualities to a wine.  It is often used as a blending grape but you can find it bottled as a pure varietal (see below).

 

Explore Hannibal's Carmenere Wines:

Casas del Bosque Carmenere Reserva

 

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