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Vino Tinto Chileno "El Pais de Quenehuao, Louis-Antoine Luyt 2010


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The only line of Chilean wines following the European model of using the same varietal to highlight different terroirs. In such, each bottling is named after a specific parcel: Quenehuao, Pilen Alto and Trequilemu are all "lieu-dits" with their own soil composition, expositions, elevations and micro-climates. Chile was never struck with phylloxera, and these vines are all very old and still on their original rootstock. All the vines are tended organically and many parcels are worked by horse. Nothing is ever irrigated, a true rarity and flat out ballsy, commendable move for South American winemaking. Vinification is done naturally, often with a carbonic maceration." Louis/Dressner Selections, importer

The 2010 El Pais de Quenehuao is 100% Pais grape from 300+ year-old root stock. Vine cutting is grafted to the ancient roots every 20 years or so. Pais was brought by the Spanish conquistadores and is believed to be the same as Listan Prieto in the Canary Islands. Louis-Antoine Luyt rescued the vines from being pulled, leasing the parcel and converting the viticulture to organic and biodynamic farming. The vines grow on the hillsides of Chile's Quenehuao region on clay and granite soils. Vinified with natives yeasts using carbonic maceration without additives and no addition of sulfites, and then aged in cement. This has haunting layers of dark fruits, garrigue, Mediterranean herbs and spices. Firm and textured, with a lengthy finish. This rewards the adventurous as sipping this wine is like discovering a new world of taste.