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Awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition review of Chilean Carmenère (see blue links below).
William Fevre La Mision Gran Reserva Carmenere 2013 - October 2017 Decanter review
Decanter review - individual reviewer comment
This is Fèvre's flagship Carmenère, one of the standard-bearers of its La Mision fleet, and is a meticulously made wine. The La Misión Gran Reserva range are single lot/vineyard wines that have been selected over many years as more ageworthy and offering more structure and complexity, taken from WFC's oldest Carmenère vines.
William Fèvre Chile (WFC) is a venture that resulted from an investigation by the eponymous Monsieur Fèvre into vine-growing land in Chile, that became a collaboration with one Victor Pino Torche, a vineyard owner high in Chile's Maipo Valley, above Santiago, at San Juan de Pirque. From there, sumptuous Chardonnays began to emerge, with New World, high-altitude flavours, but made in a Burgundian fashion, involving, in particular, meticulous and subtle use of oak in both fermentation and ageing.
From there, WFC have gone on to collaborate in and/or own further vineyards in the many Chilean winegrowing valleys, including in some of the heartlands of the Carmenère grape, Chile's Merlot-like speciality grape: here (again) at Pirque in the Maipo Valley. The Burgundian approach to winemaking remains prevalent in all of WFC's wines, including this Carmenère.
The Gran Reserva - a blend of 89% Carmenère and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon (which adds extra complexity and structure) - sees long macerations (by Carmenère standards) both before and after fermentation to achieve (respectively) both good colour and tannin levels. The main fermentation is followed by a malolactic fermentation, and is then - and this is what principally makes it a Gran Reserva - aged twelve months in a mixture of (mainly) new and used-once French oak barrels (from various forests and makers), allowing for greater complexity and oak effects.
In addition, 2013 is generally regarded as being one of the best-ever Carmenère vintages, doubly so in Maipo.
Living up to Fèvre's expectations of a fine aging wine, this Gran Reserva Carmenère possesses an intense purple color and, on the nose, has a great complexity of red pepper (a characteristic of this grape and rather generous in this vintage), wild blackberries with aromas of earth, smokey wood and violets. On the palate, the attack is both subtle and generous; the tannins are both velvety and persistent. The qualities of this well structured Carmenère will be enhanced with several years of aging in the bottle.
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