Is this Volvo turning into a top of the range Alpha?
As specialists in Argentine wine, you’d be surprised if we didn’t keep half an eye on the other side of the Andes, wouldn’t you? We’ve been known to make the odd good-natured quip about the differences between the two countries, with Chile rarely coming off entirely favourably, but we’ve always known there’s little point comparing apples and toffee apples, both can be delicious. The truth is, over the years we’ve tasted lots of good Chilean wines, some really good, but until recently we’ve not been convinced enough to take the plunge, particularly at the premium end. That all changed quite suddenly in August 2017 when we started talking to Julio Bouchon from Las Mercedes, a small producer that’s an off-shoot of the well-known and highly respected Bouchon family wine business in Maule. We tasted these wines and knew instantly we had to have them.
Furthermore, we have a strong feeling that Chile is finally turning a corner, that the country will gradually emerge from the shackles of an identity that associates it primarily with entry level wines – lots of them great, true, but let’s be honest, Chile’s great success in the lower echelons has made Her premium wines a bit of a tough sell.
Anyway, true to our principles, we think great wines tend to speak for themselves and will always find themselves a good home. And we think it’s Chile’s turn to shine with some really impressive wines that speak volumes of the country’s proud wine heritage and huge potential as a presence in the quality stakes. Let’s see.