This is an important wine for Chile. Marcelo Papa, chief winemaker with Concha y Toro, has been on a journey away from excessive ripeness. He has been picking as much as a month earlier for the Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon. While his experiments began in 2010, it’s only with this 2014 vintage that the wine was made entirely from early-picked grapes. In addition, Marcelo is moving away from small oak barrels towards large botti, although because of the cost, this shift is taking a little longer to complete.
The result is a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon that tastes less of Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon and is actually quite serious. At it’s price point (c£12 in the UK), it’s a really lovely wine, and I picked a bottle up in Asda for £8.50 on special offer. It’s probably the best £8.50 wine on the market! Normally, I wouldn’t be that interested by Marques de Casa Concha’s Cabernets, because until now they have been solid, typically Chilean, ripe but dull. But I really like this wine.
Here, I taste it on camera.