Opiniones de ocho especialistas en seminario “Expertos chinos develan los tintos más finos de Chile” en Vinexpo 2012 [inglés]
“Creemos que los vinos ícono chilenos de Concha y Toro tendrán perspectivas prometedoras en Beijing debido a su jugosidad y frescura, peso, potencia y complejidad, combinados con el paladar y las comidas más potentes del norte”, Fongyee Walker, consultora de Vinos Finos Dragon Phoenix.
“Established in 1883, Concha y Toro began its winemaking journey in Puente Alto, Maipo Valley. Like our counterparts around the world, we were inspired by the French wines, and so we brought grape varieties from the Bordeaux region in France to start our journey. A hundred years later, we realized that we have high quality vineyards in Chile, so we were eager to improve our winemaking technology. As a result, our family member and the winery’s oenologist took a few bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon to visit the origin of our vines in Bordeaux in order to seek advice from Emile Peynaud, the father of modern winemaking. We are glad that he found the uniqueness in our wine, and this uniqueness remains our cornerstone.” – Isabel Guilisasti, Wines of Origin, Concha y Toro.
“Don Melchor, the most iconic Chilean wine, was launched in 1986 and this became the first premium Chilean wine targeting the entire world. With the great terroir in Puente Alto, Baron Philippe de Rothschild from France decided to collaborate with us to produce the finest Vina Almaviva project in 1997.” – Andrés Ballesteros, VCT Group of Wineries Asia.
“When it comes to the preferences of fine wine consumers in China, we understand that they are looking for the authenticity and integrity in a vineyard’s winemaking process, iconic status of the wine for conspicuous consumption, and an honest price to match with its quality. As we can see in China nowadays, the Bordeaux wines are so overpriced after waves of inflation, making wine lovers begin to switch to other wine regions in the world.” – Ian Ford, Summergate Fine Wines.
“According to my experience, Hong Kong’s on-premise consumption of Chilean wine was mainly led by females a decade ago which tended towards the red wines because of its sweet berry flavor. And now the Hong Kong market has become more mature, so an increasing number of local Chinese restaurant groups and hotels are offering different types of Chilean wines to their customers. Thus, we see that there is a good demand for the Chilean wine’s sales to grow.” – Edwin Chan, Hong Kong Sommeliers Association.
“We believe that the iconic Chilean wine from Concha y Toro will have promising prospects in Beijing because its juiciness and freshness, weight, power and complexity match with the heavier food and palate in the North. Also, it can join hands with wines from the Napa Valley and Australia to become a leader in demonstrating the integrity of winemaking and reflecting the excellence of its distinctive place of origin.” – Fongyee Walker, Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting.
“For commercial reasons, winemakers continue to make Bordeaux blended wine to cater to the demands of the China market, simply because it is the blend that the Chinese customer likes and knows the best. We believe that as the market grows more mature, Chinese will indulge in the high quality wines from Chile.” – Demei Li, Beijing Agriculture College.
“Carménère has a spectrum of different expressions, from the herbaceous and grassy version from the north eastern side of Italy, to peachy, tobacco, balanced tannin, tangerine acidity, premium and iconic version in Bordeaux and Chile. This varietal, which was mistaken as Merlot until its rediscovery in the 90s, is so unique to Chile. Those in Chile are now the most original Bordeaux rooted Carménère vines when compared to those in Bordeaux nowadays after the Phylloxera vastatrix outbreak.” – Ned Goodwin, Master of Wine.