The UK’s Harpers Wine & Spirits trade review released an article on the remarkable vertical tasting of the icon wines of Viña Errazuriz that was held in a hotel in Victoria by Hatch Mansfield, a UK distributor. ”The celebrated Chadwick, Sena, Don Maximiano, Kai and La Cumbre brands were all there, making up a dazzling display of heavyweights,” said Geoffrey Dean, Harpers’ blogger. Dean also says “the Chadwick, though, is regarded as Chile’s finest wine”. There were plenty of more great comments on each outstanding wine, to read the full article click here.
Francisco Baettig of Errazuriz was named Winemaker of the Year by the Chilean Circle of Food & Wine Writers. The Writer’s Circle is made up of the country’s leading food and wine writers and critics, and their yearly event is one of the most important food and wine events in the country. If you click on the icon below you can download a sheet with more information.
For the third year in a row, Viñedo Chadwick is the single highest rated Chilean wine in the Wine Advocate, with a huge 96 Point review for the 2008 vintage. It’s hard to argue against Chadwick being the most highly regarded Chilean in the US press the last three years, we’ve done a little summary below.
Wine Advocate #199, 2/2012
96 Points: #1 Wine (with 1 other) and #1 Cabernet
“The 2008 Viñedo Chadwick is made up of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot. It offers up a sexy perfume of exotic spices, sandalwood, incense, rose petal, black currant, and blackberry. This sets the stage for a structured, concentrated, impeccably balanced wine that deftly combines elegance and power. It mandates 5-6 years of additional cellaring and will deliver prime drinking from 2016 to 2028+.”
International Wine Cellar #156, May & Jun/2011
93 Points: #2 Wine and #1 Cabernet (tie w/ Don Max 2008)
Viñedo Chadwick 2007
Wine Advocate #192, 12/2010
97 Points: #1 Wine and #1 Cabernet
Wine Spectator Calendar Year 2010
93 Points: #1 Wine (tied with 3 others)
International Wine Cellar #149, Mar & Apr/2010
93 Points: #1 Wine and #1 Cabernet (Don Max 2007 w/7 others for #2 rating)
Viñedo Chadwick 2006
Wine Advocate #183, 6/2009
97 Points: #1 Wine and #1 Cabernet
Wine Spectator Calendar Year 2009
93 Points: #2 Rating (with 2 others)
International Wine Cellar #143, Mar & Apr/2009
92 Points: #2 Rating (with 8 others)
Errazuriz also received a number of other outstanding scores in the Wine Advocate, which as a summary of Errazuriz stated: “Errazuriz, under the direction of Eduardo Chadwick, turns out a bevy of wines of exceptional value and quality.”
Syrah Single Vineyard 2009 - 90 Points
Chardonnay Wild Ferment 2009 - 91 Points: #1 White (with 8 others)
Sauvignon Blanc Late Harvest 2008 - 90 Points
Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2010 - 88 Points
Chardonnay Estate 2010 - 88 Points
Sauvignon Blanc Estate 2010 - 88 Points
Errazuriz has been getting top reviews from Chile for two years running, but this week’s set of reviews by Josh Raynolds in IWC are among the best to date – namely, these reviews confirm that Errazuriz is making compelling wines across a number of varieties and appellations. It is an extremely impressive picture when taken together. Overall, two of the top three wines are from Errazuriz (Vinedo Chadwick 2008 and Don Max 2008), and in addition we had an astounding array of 90 Point scores across the Single Vineyard/Specialty wines you can download here a little sheet we did listing these scores.
Some extraordinary reviews for Errazuriz just out in the latest Wine Advocate. Viñedo Chadwick is the single top-rated wine, with a 97 point review. With the #1 wine and 3 of the top 5 scores in this year’s reviews, Errazuriz is head and shoulders above the competition. This star turn confirm’s Errazuriz’s position as the premier family wine estate of Chile. Full reviews are below the jump. Congratulations to the whole team at Errazuriz!
Still more press for the Berlin Tasting – New York, this one from Josh Raynolds of Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar. Writing on the Winophilia blog, Raynolds says, “If the point that Chadwick was trying to make is that Chilean wines are delicious and often preferable to big-name wines from long-established growing regions, he made a big impression on the group.” The full post is here.
Another tremendous piece of press today, Bloomberg has posted a piece on the Berlin Tasting – New York. The best part is her final line, the real winner is Errazuriz’ Single Vineyard Cabernet.
“As we head for lunch at Porter House in the Time Warner center after the tasting, I keep thinking of what Jean-Bernard Delmas, former manager of Chateau Haut-Brion, once said to me: ‘I don’t make my wine to go with Lafite, I make it to go with food.’
“Haut Brion is not on the table at lunch. Chadwick understandably pours his own wines, including one that wasn’t in the tasting. The juicy, vibrant 2007 Errazuriz Single Vineyard Cabernet doesn’t have the concentration and depth of his five icon wines, but it’s vibrant and delicious with filet mignon and, hey, the price is right. Maybe that one was the real winner.“
Full article is here.
Wines of Chile filmed a great video featuring Eduardo Chadwick, Steven Spurrier and the atmosphere at the Berlin Tasting in New York. As follows:
The first round of press is rolling in about the stunning success of Errazuriz wines in the Berlin Tastings. Here are some of our favorites:
“Kai 2006, a high-end $80 Carmenère from Chile’s Aconcagua Valley, was voted best in show at an exclusive 10-wine competition held May 10 in New York, much to the surprise of the 70 members of the wine press and trade who tasted and rated the wines.” Wine Enthusiast (PDF)
“As was the case in 1976, there were upsets aplenty, including the fact that one of the Errázuriz wines, Kai (a blend of 87% Carmenere with the balance being Petit Verdot and Syrah) took the top spot.” NYInsider.tv (PDF)
“Had you asked anyone on the way in, I highly doubt he or she would have anticipated that a Carmenère-based wine from Chile would beat out heavy-hitters from around the world.” AThirstySpirit.com (PDF)
“Mr. Chadwick says he’s not familiar with the “nuances of the palates” of Chicagoans vs. New Yorkers or Californians, but he’s intrigued by the Windy City’s interest in food and high-end restaurants.” Crain’s Business (PDF)