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FALL/WINTER

2018 •

B O N V I VA N T T R AV E L . C A

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B O N V I VA N T T R AV E L . C A

FALL/WINTER 2018

TASTES OF CHILE AT HOME

Looking to try these varieties but

without plans to visit Chile anytime soon?

Watch out for these options at

your local wine retailer.

J. BOUCHON BLOCK SERIES

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

The lovers of intensity should look no further.

This blend of two small vineyard sites has a

density of black currant and blackberry jam

surrounded by vanilla and a dash of freshly

roasted coffee.The flavours crave grilled

flank steak and barbecue. J. Bouchon is

a fourth generation winemaking family

that turns back to the soil and terroir in

their Block Series, and has been

working closely with geologist Pedro

Parra in their newer projects.

CREMASCHI FURLOTTI SINGLE VINEYARD CARMÉNÈRE 2015

When a Carménère like this one is poured into your glass, it is easy to

see why this was Chile’s flagship grape not too long ago. Sourced from

a sustainable vineyard in the valley of Loncomilla in the heart of

Maule, the characteristic herbal tones of the grape at first smells

reminiscent of a ripe vintage Chinon. After a taste, the drinker is

rewarded with silky dark cherry that unfurls into warm spices,

leather, and dark chocolate. The tannins are seductive, but with

a firmness that will stand up to a herb encrusted lamb or a

variety of grilled meats.

GARAGE WINE CO. PAIS 2017

Garage Wine Co. was born out of a small group of ‘garagiste’

winemakers, but has evolved into a trailblazing name in the

new Chilean wine revolution. While they find rampant success

in their single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Pais has recently

become a key player in their winemaking as they return to the

“old becomes new again” grape. This wine has been likened

again and again to a cru Beaujolais, and it is easy to see

why. A freshness sings through the juicy red fruits and high

tones of cherry candies and purple flowers. A wine that

offers immediate pleasure and endless versatility.

PEDRO PARRA Y FAMILIA

PENCOPOLITANO 2016

Pedro Parra made a name for himself as the wine

world’s leading expert on vineyard soils far before he

started making wines himself. Now he makes a trium-

phant argument for Chilean terroir in this field blend of

Cinsault, Carignan and Pais. Ripe blueberry and black-

berry sing with a salty mineral tone and a fresh herbal

character that is distinctly Chilean. Pencopolitano is a

juicy, concentrated, and joyous wine that seems to

quickly disappear from the bottle. It is happily paired

with duck – if you can make it last until dinner!

LOUIS-ANTOINE LUYT

PIPEÑO BLANCO 2017

Luyt is a French wine maker

originally coming from Burgundy,

and now making a splash for some

of Chile’s most unique new wave

wines. With his Pipeño line, Luyt

returns to a traditional method of making rustic, easy drinking

blends that are Chile’s answer to vin de soif. Pipeño Blanco is

primarily Muscat of Alexandra, with smaller amounts of rarer

grapes Semillon and Chasselas. Don’t be frightened by the

slight cidery funk and the orange hue! You’ll be rewarded by

crushed blossoms, tropical citrus, and a creamy rich texture

that helps it pair with seafood and Asian dishes with a bit of

spice. Good thing it comes in an extra-large bottle!