Chile is producing world class Bordeaux blends that can compete with the very best in the world.
These Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon based wines are full of structure, tannin and body, just like their counterparts in Bordeaux and Napa. However, winemakers here tend to focus more on creativity and innovation in producing their blends.
The additions of Carménère, Petite Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc allow for a wide range of styles within this category. Due to the lack of strict regulations there is a blend to suit most any preference!
These bold red wines have even begun winning blind tasting competitions against established international regions.
Although Chile’s wine heritage is closely linked to that of Bordeaux, they are not hindered by the same regulations. Here, winemakers are allowed freedom to produce world class wines without stringent guidelines.
As with other wines from Chile, there are outstanding values to be had in this category, largely due to lower real estate prices and favorable exchange rates. While Bordeaux blends don’t generally come cheap, Chile is an obvious place to search for premium quality wines at reasonable price points.