J. Bouchon CantoNorte 2012
Bordeaux Red Blends from Maule Valley, Chile
Fresh red fruits like ripe cherries and raspberries are immediately apparent in this wine. It is clearly a juicy wine but it also has the structure and complexity provided by the Cabernet.
Pair with mild cheeses, risotto, and roasted chicken.
Blend: 75% Merlot, 15% Carmenere, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Vivid ruby-red. Spicy cherry and red berry aromas are complicated by pungent herbs and floral oils. Taut and focused on the palate, offering vibrant redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors that turn spicier with air. Finishes with refreshing bite, supple tannins and strong fruit-driven persistence."
J. Bouchon Winery
J. Bouchon's history goes back to 1892 when Emile Bouchon, a native of Bordeaux arrived in Chile and settled down in the Maule Valley, south of Santiago. Now under the ownership of Bordeaux trained enologist Julio Bouchon, J. Bouchon's holdings include 60 year old vines.
Minimal irrigation and hand harvested berry selection translates into high quality and deep color and flavors. View all J. Bouchon Wines
About Chile(CHEE-lay)Long and thin, Chile has a lot of land north to south. The wine region here is a series of districts based near Santiago. The vineyards are protected by the Pacific on the west and the Andes mountains on the east. This could help explain why the climate changes more from east to west than north to south – also why the country has remained phylloxera free. Quite a few wineries in Chile were founded by large French wine companies. Seeing the potential of the country, vineyards were bought and planted by these French folks and the results tell of a smart investment. Some of these wineries include: Los Vascos, Casa Lapostolle and Cousino Macul. And while the inspiration may have been French, but the wines here are quite Chilean.
Photo of the sun break following morning fog over the vineyards of Veramonte Winery (located in the Casablanca Valley)
Notable FactsThe main regions of Chile include Maipo (pronounced MY-poh), known for reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere; Casablanca Valley, a region producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc, as well as other whites & some reds; Colchaugua, an inland district creating amazing red wines from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly in the Apalta sub-region; and Rapel Valley, settled right under Maipo and producing the same red varietals. A couple of smaller regions to watch include Limari and Elqui, two valleys further north, producing some delicious cool-climate Chardonnay and Bio Bio, an area further south, which is also focused on cool-climate varieties. Chilean wines are growing in exports and more consumers are enjoying the delicious values coming from the country. Red wines of the region, though they cannot be generalized, make the whole gamut of wine quality – quaffable to collectible. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Carmenere are the main players, though Syrah is also making a splash. Some of the best reds are blends of the above varieties. As for whites, Sauvignon Blanc is typically crisp, herbal and racy, while Chardonnay is richer in style with full-bodied texture and tropical fruit flavors.
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Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.53.7 out of 5 stars
3 ratings, 3 with reviews311/25/2014This is a serviceable wine, but far from "smooth and supple." It is a bit too acidic, thin in body, and out of balance on the short finish. I am way into Bordeaux, so I like old-world style wines. That is what I was hoping for with this wine. I have had success with Chilean wines in the past. However, I would rate this bottle at about an 86, not a 90. If you're looking for a bargain wine to serve to guests who are not picky, this is a good choice. However, if you're looking for an inexpensive wine that even wine-lovers will appreciate, there are better options out there.Anonymous - Brownsville, TX16/6/2017gcurranr - Philadelphia, PA15/11/2017WIll D - Biloxi, MS41/13/2015Good Bordeaux blend for the money.aviva1964 - Moffat, CO46/19/2014
Glad we ordered a case - exceeded expectations.
- Smooth & Supple