James Suckling has released his much-anticipated annual Chilean vintage report. For the past few decades, Suckling has continually reported on the increased quality and production across the board of Chilean wines. As this trend has long been solidified and reflected by consumer trends, Suckling focuses his 2020 report not the established value wines, but instead on wines that showcases the country’s potential of greatness.
Suckling reports that, despite the association with great value wines, Chile is full of “areas and sub-regions that are each very different due to the diverse soils, exposures and climates,” allowing for production of superb wines.
Included in the report are Suckling’s reviews for various Erraruriz wines, including the MAX Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (92 Points), MAX Chardonnay 2019 (91 JS), MAX Pinot Noir 2019 (92 JS), MAX Carmenere 2018 (92 JS) and MAX Cabernet Sauvignon (92 JS).
To read the full report and reviews, read the full story HERE.James-Suckling-Report-2020-1
We'll go out in a limb here and say that this is one of the world's great values in quality Cabernet Sauvignon and, beyond that, a Cabernet that utterly reflects where it is grown. A perfect package of fresh and savory fruits and spices within a frame of juicy and supple tannins that offer both pleasure and structure.
One of Francisco Baettig’s favorite varietals to work with, year after year MAX Chardonnay is noted for its crispness and lively acidity. The exceptional soils and cool ocean breeze provide optimal conditions for Chardonnay in Errazuriz' coastal vineyards, located just 8 miles from the Pacific. The diverse soils control plant vigor, producing fruit that is balanced yet intensely concentrated, with a beautiful fresh citrus and mineral profile.
The grape long-lost in Bordeaux that has become a unique signature in Chile, MAX Carmenere is captivating with aromas of spice and black fruit on the nose, along with black pepper, toast and a long, silky palate. This voluptuous, juicy wine is generous in soft tannins, and its tremendous concentration and typicity promise excellent cellaring potential.
With a delightful profile that delicately manages to combine the fruity style of New Zealand and the minerality of the Loire Valley, Errazuriz has built a reputation for producing one of the most interesting Sauvignon Blancs from the Aconcagua Costa. MAX Sauvignon Blanc grapes come from the Manzanar Vineyard in Chile's newest appellation, Aconcagua Costa. Planted by Errazuriz in 2005 and just 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the combination of cool climate and diverse, quality soils creates wines with tremendous freshness and bracing minerality.
Aconcagua Valley, Chile
Errázuriz is recognized as perhaps the single top quality producer of Chilean wines, within recent years alone Eduardo Chadwick, President, named Decanter Man of the Year 2018, and the winery awarded Best Chilean Winery 2017 by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.