2016 Clos de Luz Massal 1945 Carmenere (750ml)

Carmenere from Rapel Valley, Chile

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Chile's, in fact the world's oldest Carmenere vines are found at Clos de Luz according to Gabriel Edwards. Clos de Luz is located in the tiny Almahue Valley (750 acres) which has been home to vines since Spanish colonial era. It was Gabriel's great-grandfather who purchased the estate in 1892. Today's vineyards were planted in 1945 by Luz, Gabriel's grandmother. At the age of 37 Edwards returned home to run the estate. Schooled in the wine business in Burgundy followed by a career at Moet & Chandon in Champagne, and at Undurragua in Chile, he was well prepared. For decades the superb fruit at Clos de Luz was sold to Casa Lapostolle and Clos Apalta. No more. This gem of Clos de Luz is a singular wine, more complex with a graceful, balanced expression that only comes from old vines.


The 2016 Massal 1945 Carménère comes from vines planted ungrafted in 1945 from a massal selection, which always includes stray plants of other varieties like Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Carignan, which always add something to the wine, as they are picked and fermented together. It fermented in stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts at an old winery (1642) in Almahue and then matured in fifth use 500-liter oak barrels and a 7,000-liter oak foudre for 12 months. It's very floral, a different expression of Carménère, in a place only six kilometers away from Peumo, the classical zone for the variety. This is completely different, different from the rest of Carménère; it's less monochromatic, more nuanced, soft and pleasant, with depth. I'm sure the natural balance of these old vines contributed to the difference. They were able to harvest the grapes before the rain, and the wine shows the freshness of the year. Very impressive. 30,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2017.

92 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 239 - Oct 2018)

This shows a ripe nose with cassis, some black olives and dried flowers with citrus undertones. The palate is dense with round tannins but a bit short. Drink now.

90 points, James Suckling (May 2016)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

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