2012 Louis-Antoine Luyt Carignan "Trequilemu" Maule Valley

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Natural wines from Chile? Pues, sí! Leave it to Joe Dressner to have been introduced to Chile's leading light for this style of winemaking. Native Burgundian Louis-Antoine Luyt is leading the charge in natural, terroir-driven winemaking in Chile. Having worked some years with Marcel Lapierre, Luyt is very familiar with how to make wine in as hands-off and non-manipulative, yet controlled, experienced and skillful a way as possible. He sources fruit from dry farmed, organically tended vineyards that are plowed by horse, and he harvests for acidity first, typically picking several weeks prior to his neighbors. The result is red wines of a freshness and drinkability that many of us in the industry crave, and all too seldom have the opportunity to taste (apart from wines grown in spots such as Beaujolais and the Loire Valley). "Trequilemu" comes from dry farmed vineyards planted to 70-year-old Carignan vines where the iron-rich clay soils impart a distinctive minerality to this perfumed and brambly red.

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Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/28/2014 | Send Email
If you like earthy, dirty, mineral-driven wines, this is the wine for you. I adore this Carignan, it’s very green with notes of bell pepper and jalapenos, scorched earth, iron and forest floor. The winemaker, a native Burgundian whose vineyards are still plowed by horse, uses a very hands-off approach, producing natural wines that are complex and terroir-driven. This is definitely my Chilean favorite.

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- This red grape goes by many names, including Carignane, Carignano, Cariñena, Mazuelo, Moestal, Roussillonen and Samsó, which can make things confusing. A native of northern Spain's Cariñena DO, this grape is also found all over France, particularly in the Languedoc-Roussillon, and is also planted in substantial amounts in Italy and California. A bold, spicy, tannic grape, you'll frequently find Carignan blended with softer, fruitier varieties like Grenache.


- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.