2016 J. Bouchon "Canto Sur" Maule Valley

SKU #1315015 95 points Decanter

 Decanter Gold Medal Winner 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards, 50% Carmenère, 25% Carignan, 25% País Tasting notes: Youthful nose with floral notes, jammy strawberries and raspberries. Crisp refreshing acidity and lovely tannin structure that support the purity of fruit. Modern and attractive wine.  (5/2017)

91 points James Suckling

 A fruity red with a linear backbone of acidity that makes the wine fresh and vivid. Medium body. Drink now. A blend of carmenere, carignan and pais.  (5/2017)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 This is half carménère blended with carignan and país. It feels bright, filled with red fruit and spices floating over a layer of dense tannins. A luminous wine for roast turkey.  (2/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The blend of the 2016 Canto Sur is the same as in 2015—50% Carménère and 25% each Cariñena and País. Both this and the Canto Norte are bottled unoaked, this one after four months in concrete tanks. It's very fruit-driven and fresh, with very fine tannins and a pleasant mouthfeel. It developed more Mediterranean aromas of aromatic herbs after some time in the glass. A lovely red blend. 30,000 bottles produced. Christian Sepúlveda, who used to work for Tabalí in Limarí, is the new winemaker at J Bouchon; his wines start with the 2016 vintage. The change that started in 2014 continues, and they are now also working with old vines País and Semillon. There are some really exciting wines here. This is certainly a name to follow. It's not a boutique operation, as they produce around one million bottles per vintage.(LG)  (4/2017)

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Staff Image By: Jordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2017 | Send Email
The nose is strawberry preserves and grape confection. Flavors of red cherries blackberries , chalk dust, bramble and black spice. nice acidity. I would slightly chill this bottle and then pair it with a charcuterie platter. Please feel free to do the same!

Staff Image By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2017 | Send Email
This lifts brightly out of the glass with hints of crunchy cranberry, cedar, fresh cracked pepper, and exotic spices. On the palate it keeps up with the bright fruit, juicy acidity, and lots of perfume. This has the texture of a ripe Pinot with bright fruit, mouth-watering acidity, and an easy-going herbal character. Superb value!

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2017 | Send Email
This is my official back porch red! I love a versatile red wine and the 2016 J Bouchon Canto Sur Maule Valley Red is perfect for so many occasions. Great as a picnic red thanks to its easy going red fruit feel, great when it is a bit hot because you can give it a slight chill and enjoy it the same way you would a Beaujolais. A pretty, high-toned red with nice fruit notes and an excellent savory, earthy streak this is a fine value!!
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2022

Staff Image By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2017 | Send Email
Beautifully aromatic with spice, ripe fruit and hint of eucalyptus. Balanced palate with just the right amount mix of fruit and acidity. This wine is very approachable now and can be paired with nutty cheeses or alone. Great for an everyday wine!

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2017 | Send Email
Red fruits really dominate this wine, making it a super fun, approachable red blend that's just rockin' for Summer and rolling into Fall. Juicy bright fruit and a medium weighted palate are showcased and the flavors are really expressive and punchy. This is certainly an easy-drinking, but not over-simplified, wine which would be as fun to drink with food as it is on its own. I will definitely be happy to drink this one any night of the week.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2017 | Send Email
This is a stellar blend of Carmenere, Carignan and Pais. The Maule Valley is the largest and one of the oldest growing regions in Chile. The valley offers many different soil types and micro climates, which leads to beautiful aromatics and complexity. The nose opens up into ripe raspberries, crushed black pepper, fresh roasted coffee beans, rich coaco and sun kissed wild flowers. It has nice acidity, balanced tannins, lush fruit and exotic spices on the palate.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2017 | Send Email
Canto sur translates roughly as "Southern Song," and is both an ode to the more southerly Maule Valley as well as the grapes which have made it their home. A blend of Carignane, Pais (Mission) and Carmenere, I cannot think of a red blend that is more proudly Chilean than this! Fortunately these also happen to be highly compatible grapes for blending, which you can immediately tell from this charming and authentic wine. The nose offers something brightly fruited, with some slightly savory and scruffy wild herbs as well , and the palate shows everything I love about these grapes, particularly the juicy and mouthwatering Carignane fruit and the tense, focused, slightly tannic Pais. Any wine as delicious, honest, and expressive as this for under $12 is a big win!

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- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13