Bouchon Estate Mingre (750ml)
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Bouchon Family Vineyards’ history began with an adventurous young French man’s dream almost a century and a half ago. Emile Bouchon left his little home of small winegrowers in Arveyres, near Burdeos, France, to board on a ship, towards Chile in the spring of 1887. Emile came hired as a winemaker adviser and throughout many years of efforts, he was able to purchase an antique wine cellar in Colchagua Valley, turning it into one of the most prominent vineyards of that time. His his children and eventually his grandson would continue his legacy. His grandson Julio studied enology in Bordeaux and expanded the Bouchon project. He fell in love with the granitic soils in the interior dry area in Maule Valley, acquiring Mingre state in 1977, a distant property, which had old dry farming vineyards, besides a cement tanks cellar and simple adobe constructions, some of them from the middle of the XIX century.
Today the winery is operated by the fourth generation of the Bouchon family and a team of expert viticulturalists and winemakers working on continued innovation in the vineyards and winery with the goal of producing delicious wines.
Intense bright red colour. Ripe dark fruit like plum and fig, with tobacco and graphite aromas. It is a complex wine with good volume, plush dark fruit on the palate and notes of forest floor and autumn leaves. It is elegant with soft and juicy tannins, well balanced and presents a long and persistent finish. Pairs well with roast meats, game, aged cheeses.
Mingre is pure elegance. This is a blend of 40% Carménère, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah and 10% Carignan. Each varietal in this blend lends a unique element to build a complex, balanced wine. Grapes are gathered from carefully selected parcels on the organic Mingre estate. This wine is produced with dedication and care, using grapes that have been hand-selected and harvested. Cold maceration for 96 hours at 10°C followed by fermentation in concrete tanks between 24-30°C for 12 days and another 10-12 days of post alcoholic maceration. The wine ages for 18 to 24 months in French oak.
The Bouchon Mingre is a shining example of the quality and complexity one can expect from high-end Chilean winemaking. There is an intense fullness of flavour that is offset by a refreshing acidic profile; it’s big and bold but has enough finesse to keep you coming back for more. With tons of spice and herbs to round out the palate, this is drinking well now but can be expected to continue developing for years to come.