Carmín de Peumo obtains the highest score for a Chilean wine for the third time in Robert Parker’s ranking
March 2012.- Carmín de Peumo 2007 earned 96 points —the highest score of all wines tasted— and was crowned the best Chilean Carmenere in the recent Chile Report published by the esteemed critic Robert Parker on his website.
This is the third time that Carmín de Peumo has come out on top in the publication; the 2003 and 2005 vintages scored 97 points —the highest score ever for the national wine industry.
Carmín de Peumo, guided by the hand of winemaker Ignacio Recabarren, comes from Block 32 of the Peumo Vineyard, the birthplace of Carmenere in Chile, in the Cachapoal Valley.
The 2008 vintage of Carmín de Peumo came in a close second with 95 points, and Terrunyo Carmenere’s 2007 and 2008 vintages—also from Peumo—placed third with 93 points.
These latest achievements attest to our enological team’s hard work to obtain wines that express their origin, the terroir of Peumo, and strengthen Concha y Toro’s position as the industry leader in Carmenere.
Comments from The Wine Advocate
“Some of the finest wines produced in Chile, particularly from the Carmenere grape… are under the direction of veteran winemaker Ignacio Recabarren”.
The Wine Advocate’s reviews
CARMÍN DE PEUMO 2007, 96 POINTS
The 2007 Carmín de Peumo Carmenere contains 6.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3.5% Cabernet Franc in its blend and spent 18 months in 100% new French oak.
A glass-coating opaque purple color, it surrenders a brooding personality marked by notions of sandalwood, smoke, earthy minerals, dried herbs, black plum, and blackberry.
Sweetly-fruit, dense, and opulent, this full-bodied, pleasure-bent offering deftly conceals enough fi ne grained tannin to evolve for 5-6 years and should easily see its 20th birthday in fi ne form. Both wines are benchmarks for what can be achieved with the Carmenere grape.
CARMÍN DE PEUMO 2008, 95 POINTS
The 2008 Carmín de Peumo Carmenere contains 7.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2.5% Cabernet Franc in its blend while receiving the same elevage as the 2007 cuvee.
As deeply colored as the 2007 with a similar density and richness, it does not quite possess that wine-s body and power but that is a minor quibble. It too will evolve for 5-6 years and will offer prime drinking from 2017 to 2028.
Both wines are benchmarks for what can be achieved with the Carmenere grape.