JANCIS ROBINSON – MASSAL 1945 CARMÉNÊRE 2015 – WINE OF THE WEEK

It may seem a bit perverse not to be choosing a French wine on Bastille Day but at least the grape is French, even if it is much more widely planted in Chile than in France today.

I was struck by the sweet, welcoming fruit of this wine with only the merest hint of the tomato flavours that characterise many a Carmenère. It is unlike most of its peers for having such integrity and interest. I appreciated both its natural freshness and the roundness of its appeal. Thanks to its lightly assertive tannins on the finish, it should continue to evolve for another four years or so.

HIGH RATINGS MASSAL 1945 CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

ROBERT PARKERS 91 pts.

The nose is quite elegant and nuanced, with good ripeness without excess and with integrated oak aromas. The palate is balanced, and medium-bodied with classical tannins from the variety.

DESCORCHADOS 93 pts.

Ranking best wines from Cachapoal Valley

HIGH RATINGS MASSAL 1945 CARMÉNÊRE 2015

ROBERT PARKERS 91 pts.

I found some faint notes of tempera paint and fountain pen ink intermixed with the herbal aromas of the variety. The palate has some dusty tannins and a tasty finish.

DESCORCHADOS 95 pts.

Ranking best wines from Cachapoal Valley. Ranking best Carménères from Chile.

JANCIS ROBINSON

Wine of the week

ROBERT PARKER´S – WINE ADVOCATE

Massal 1945 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – 91 pts.

The nose is quite elegant and nuanced, with good ripeness without excess and with integrated oak aromas. The palate is balanced, andmedium-bodied with classical tannins from the variety.

Massal 1945 Carménère 2015 – 90 pts.

I found some faint notes of tempera paint and fountain pen ink intermixed with the herbal aromas of the variety. The palate has some dusty tannins and a tasty finish.

HIGH RATINGS FOR CLOS DE LUZ WINES BY JAMES SUCKLING

MASSAL 1945 CARMÉNERE 2014 – 90 pts.

This shows a ripe nose with cassis, some black olives and dried flowers with citrus undertones. The palate is dense with round tannins.

MASSAL 1945 CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 – 92 pts.

A balanced and fragrant cabernet with dried flowers and black currants. The palate is balanced with polished tannins and elegant fruit. Clean finish. Made from vines planted in 1945.