Celebrating a Carménère Day: A Quick Look at Carménère
A Quick Look at Carménère
Carménère was thought to be extinct but it turned out not to be the case. Chile made the grape famous after it was rediscovered in Chilean vineyards. It has become the star grape of Chile and what the country is known for (along with its high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay).
This grape is part of the Bordeaux family and is a relative of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. It shares the same bell pepper and dark fruits aromas of its relatives. Often it is blended with these same grapes although single variety versions of it are also made. Although it is best when enjoyed young, certain high-end examples do age well.
What should you eat with Carménère? Meats are always a good choice. Beef, lamb, pork, chicken…all of these are great with this grape. For preparation, smoked, roasted, and grilled is the best option, making Carménère excellent this time of year with a tasty roast, but also good during the dog days of summer when you break out the barbecue. Thanks to its higher acid levels, it’s especially food-friendly and is a generally delicious wine. If you like your wines slightly savoury, you can’t go wrong with Carménère.
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