Carménère: The Vine That Masqueraded as Merlot in Chile

Concha y Toro Carmenere

After phylloxera wiped out Carménère in Bordeaux, it wasn’t replanted: too prone to disease and too late in ripening. With so few vines planted, commercial Carménère was considered extinct.

Until in 1994, Carménère was discovered in Chile masquerading as Merlot! Continue reading