Egon Gruner Veltliner 20
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Founded in 1856, Cousiño-Macul is the last 19th-century winery in Chile owned and managed by the original founding family. Years ago, during my first trip to Chile, I remembered being impressed by the estate's history and how the long succession of family members managed to keep the property remaining in the family.
There was clearly a lot to like about Cousiño-Macul. Their wines are made entirely with grapes sourced from the estate's vineyards in the Maipo Valley, one of the premier locations for growing Bordeaux blends. The conditions here at the foot of the Andes are nearly perfect, with snow melting in the spring and summer to provide an abundant source of pure freshwater for natural vineyard irrigation.
The Cousiño-Macul Finis Terrae is a gorgeous expression of Maipo Valley Terroir and a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. The grapes are sourced partially from the estate's iconic Lota and Antiguas Reserva vineyards, and I've always felt the wine represents the best elements of both wines combined.
In your glass, the Finis Terrae drinks like a Bordeaux that's taking a brief holiday in the new world. The estate's blend of classic French cooperage from Seguin Moreau, Demptos, Taransaud, and Saury adds a complexity rarely found in wines at this price point. Supple notes of blackberry, plum, leather, cocoa, and vanilla swim through the middle palate to a smooth finish with present, dusty tannins. It truly is Bordeaux in the New World.
Pair this with beef and lamb from the grill, braised and in stews and ragouts.