Concha y Toro Corte Marcelo Limarí Pinot Noir 2019 is no longer available

This is a carousel with zoom. Use the thumbnails to navigate, or jump to a slide. Use the zoom button to zoom into a image.

Out of stock

Concha y Toro Corte Marcelo Limarí Pinot Noir 2019

Red Wine from Chile
0 star rating 0 Reviews
The Limarí region of Chile has ideal conditions for pinot noir. It is cool, allowing pinot's aromas to develop, and has both clay and limestone soils which contribute, respectively, structure and finesse. This blend of barrel and tank has lovely black cherry fruit and a pretty, silky palate.
is no longer available
Code: CE11191

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Pinot Noir
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2024
  • 14% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, diam

Chile

The Spanish conquerors introduced vinifera vines to Chile, and with them the establishment of vineyards for winemaking, in the middle of the 16th century, and the area around the capital Santiago has a history of winemaking stretching back nearly four and a half centuries.
By the middle of the 19th century the Chilean wine industry was well established, but was making fairly rustic fare and it was a well-travelled local called Silvestre Ochagavia Echazzarreta who, in 1851, brought a French winemaker and a cargo of vine cuttings back from his travels to France and set a new era in motion.

Robust domestic consumption kept demand, and tax revenue, high in the 20th century until domestic drinkers turned away in the 1970s and 1980s and many vineyards were pulled during the unsettling political upheavals of the former decade. The return of democracy stimulated investment and growth and a forward thinking, export oriented industry pointed to a brighter future.

Quality begins, absolutely in the ...
The Spanish conquerors introduced vinifera vines to Chile, and with them the establishment of vineyards for winemaking, in the middle of the 16th century, and the area around the capital Santiago has a history of winemaking stretching back nearly four and a half centuries.
By the middle of the 19th century the Chilean wine industry was well established, but was making fairly rustic fare and it was a well-travelled local called Silvestre Ochagavia Echazzarreta who, in 1851, brought a French winemaker and a cargo of vine cuttings back from his travels to France and set a new era in motion.

Robust domestic consumption kept demand, and tax revenue, high in the 20th century until domestic drinkers turned away in the 1970s and 1980s and many vineyards were pulled during the unsettling political upheavals of the former decade. The return of democracy stimulated investment and growth and a forward thinking, export oriented industry pointed to a brighter future.

Quality begins, absolutely in the vineyard. In the last ten years Chile has begun to plant vineyards not just by matching variety and climate, which it has done very well up to now, but by mapping and analysing soils before planting. This new generation of soil-mapped vineyards planted in the last decade, with higher density, rootstocks and drip irrigation, or no irrigation, is now just starting to bear fruit and will revolutionise the quality of Chilean wines.

Chile became first known for its cheap cabernets and merlots made from high yields in the fertile, warm, flat, flood-irrigated Central Valley. However, Chile is no longer a cheap country to buy from. Its economy is based on copper. It is the world's largest producer. Booming demand from China has seen its currency, the peso, strengthen, much like the Australian dollar which has been buoyed by its mineral resources. Labour for the wine industry is becoming more expensive and scarcer as it has to compete with the highly profitable mining industry which can afford to pay more. Energy costs have risen rapidly. It is estimated that half the vineyard area of Chile, about 62,500ha, is less than 15 years old. It probably takes 8-20 years to pay back a vineyard, and about 30 for a bodega. In Spain one can buy lovely 60-year-old-vine garnacha from co-operatives in Calatayud or Navarra at very cheap prices. The capital costs of the vineyard and winery have long been absorbed and the old vines offer lovely quality too.

There are massive viticultural possibilities. This remarkable 3,000-mile-long country includes all the world's climates apart from sub-tropical and tropical. Grape varieties need different climates to prosper and Chile can accommodate them all.

Many of Chile's cheap wines came from the flat, fertile and warm Central Valley, ideal for ripening large crops of very good entry-level wines. Before the advent of drip irrigation only these flat vineyards were suitable for flood irrigation. However, these flat lands were also situated in a warm climate and had fertile soils. The availability of drip irrigation allowed the planting of the cooler and less fertile south facing slopes, and availability of rootstocks allowed a greater diversity of soils to be planted.

From Elqui in the north to Rapel in the middle of the country the rainfall increases from 90mm to 550mm. This lack of rainfall means Chile is free from most fungal diseases and has some of the healthiest grapes in the world. Water reserves from snow in the Andes, and the advent of drip irrigation (a vine needs about 700mm a year to survive) has allowed cool south-facing slopes, with less fertile soils, to be cultivated and yields controlled. From Maule down to Bío-Bío rainfall increases from 550 to 1,500mm and there are many unirrigated vineyards here.

As well as the north to south dynamic, there is also a huge temperature variation east to west. Dr Richard Smart, a viticulture guru, says that to combat global warming viticulturists should head to the mountains or to the coast. Chile has both. More vineyards are being planted in the Andes mountains up to 2,000m, where average temperature decreases by 0.6°C with every 100 metres of altitude. The coast, cooled by the 14°C Pacific Ocean, has spawned a remarkable recent growth in vineyards. First came Casablanca (1982), then Leyda (1998), swiftly followed by Limarí (2005), Elqui, Aconcagua and Rapel.
In between, the Central Valley and its offshoots like Apalta and Peumo are much warmer and are typically ideal for carmenère, and the southern Rhône varieties which are starting to appear, or for ripening large crops of cabernet and merlot to make cheaper wines.

If Chile has successfully understood the matching of climate with grape variety, what it did not do, until recently, other than by accident, was to match the climate and variety with the right soil. There has been a step change in the quality of vineyards planted in the last 10 years or so. Knowledge about the soil following scientific analysis, appropriate planting density, choice of rootstocks, excellent clonal and massale selections of grape varieties, ability to plant cooler and less fertile south-facing slopes with the advent of drip irrigation (flood irrigation can only cope with virtually flat land) have all conspired to revolutionise the quality of vineyards planted in the past decade or so.

For a more detailed examination of Chile and its regions please go to our How To Buy Chile section of our web site.
Read more

Viña Maycas del Limarí

The Maycas range, based in Chile’s Limarí Valley, is a super-premium project that was launched by Chilean giants Concha y Toro in 2005. In the Inca language, Quechua, Maycas means ‘arable lands’. The Inca influence is also clearly visible in Maycas’ labels, particularly in the use of the colour turquoise in their images: turquoise is found in the Limarí valley and was the stone of Incan royalty.

Chief winemaker Marcelo Papa – who has been working for Concha y Toro since 1998 – has been the driving force behind the project. Although the Limarí Valley was previously just a pisco and table-wine grape area, Marcelo saw the potential of the vineyards and persuaded Concha to invest. Unusually for Concha they also purchased a separate winery for the production the Maycas range.

Marcelo has been celebrated for having a unique talent for imprinting his distinctive mark on each wine he makes, and Maycas wines are no exception. He is also assisted by Javier Villarroel, who has been with Concha since 2000 but previously has experience both throughout Chile and in St. Emilion.

In the words of Marcelo, ‘Maycas del Limarí wines capture the spirit of the valley, unveiling the freshness and minerality of this land of cold light.’ Indeed, it is the nature of the valley, with its proximity to the ocean and many varied soil types and climates, which is key to the character of the Maycas wines.

Limarí is a desert, covered in cacti, but a cool one. Rainflall is about 100mm. A vine needs 700mm a year ...
The Maycas range, based in Chile’s Limarí Valley, is a super-premium project that was launched by Chilean giants Concha y Toro in 2005. In the Inca language, Quechua, Maycas means ‘arable lands’. The Inca influence is also clearly visible in Maycas’ labels, particularly in the use of the colour turquoise in their images: turquoise is found in the Limarí valley and was the stone of Incan royalty.

Chief winemaker Marcelo Papa – who has been working for Concha y Toro since 1998 – has been the driving force behind the project. Although the Limarí Valley was previously just a pisco and table-wine grape area, Marcelo saw the potential of the vineyards and persuaded Concha to invest. Unusually for Concha they also purchased a separate winery for the production the Maycas range.

Marcelo has been celebrated for having a unique talent for imprinting his distinctive mark on each wine he makes, and Maycas wines are no exception. He is also assisted by Javier Villarroel, who has been with Concha since 2000 but previously has experience both throughout Chile and in St. Emilion.

In the words of Marcelo, ‘Maycas del Limarí wines capture the spirit of the valley, unveiling the freshness and minerality of this land of cold light.’ Indeed, it is the nature of the valley, with its proximity to the ocean and many varied soil types and climates, which is key to the character of the Maycas wines.

Limarí is a desert, covered in cacti, but a cool one. Rainflall is about 100mm. A vine needs 700mm a year to survive so irrigation is necessary. A gap in the coastal range to the northwest allows air cooled by the 14°C Pacific Ocean to penetrate inland. About 25km from the coast at Quebrada Seca, for example, where Maycas’ top chardonnay comes from, the average maximum in the hottest month is 26°C, like Puligny-Montrachet. This cool climate and the calcareous soils give chardonnay from Quebrada Seca a marked mineral character.

Generally speaking, sauvignon blanc is planted nearest to the coast where the climate is cooler, whereas pinot noir and chardonnay are planted further inland in limestone-based, high-density vineyards where they fare better. Even further inland syrah is planted, where the rocky and granite soils helps to control vigour and produce excellent, tarry wines, and furthermost from the sea is where the best cabernet plantings are found.

Maycas cultivate vineyards both north and south of the Limarí river, but two vineyards in particular are notable for Society members. The first is San Julián, planted south of the river, and the source for most of the pinot noir used in the Maycas Reserva and Especial ranges. There are 19 hectares of pinot here in all, planted on alluvial, red clay loam, and quality of the fruit was even better than expected. What is exceptional about these wines is the mid-palate weight, a desirable character that so many Chilean pinots lack.
Read more

Chile Vintage 2019

2019 was a little warmer than usual in the more continental parts of the country, while the coastal regions were close to the norm. Cool weather at flowering produced a crop that was 5-10% lower than average. This is consequently a vintage of lovely ripeness and concentration of flavour.

JancisRobinson.com

Very pale crimson.Slightly soupy and veggy nose rather than pure, fresh pinot fruit. Flatteringsmooth off-dry palate. This would satisfy all but the most educated palate. Ishould imagine it sells well....
Very pale crimson.Slightly soupy and veggy nose rather than pure, fresh pinot fruit. Flatteringsmooth off-dry palate. This would satisfy all but the most educated palate. Ishould imagine it sells well. Tastes as though it had been treated with a tinybit of wood.
Read more

15,5/20 Jancis Robinson

midweekwines.co.uk

“Tell me where tofind sound but reasonably priced pinot noir”. One good answer is provided by this Chilean example made by the legendaryMarcelo Papa (who did so much to popularise Concha Y...
“Tell me where tofind sound but reasonably priced pinot noir”. One good answer is provided by this Chilean example made by the legendaryMarcelo Papa (who did so much to popularise Concha Y Toro’s Casillero delDiablo range) from vineyards in the cooler but increasingly impressivenortherly Limari Valley.Floral yet with (classic pinot) earthy depth, [this] has ripe, cherry andraspberry flavours, hints of chocolate and baking spice, good acidity and softtannin.
Read more

- Brian Elliott

The Times

… lashings of black cherry and mocha spice … 

Jane MacQuitty

The Times

The 50 best red winesfor winter: The Wine Society has some cracking Chilean exclusives, and thisterrific pinot noir from cool-climate Limari gets my vote. It bursts with bold,beautiful, black cherry and...
The 50 best red winesfor winter: The Wine Society has some cracking Chilean exclusives, and thisterrific pinot noir from cool-climate Limari gets my vote. It bursts with bold,beautiful, black cherry and mocha-spiced fruit and is a whizz with game.
Read more

- Jane MacQuitty

wineanorak.com

Limarí has idealconditions for pinot noir, with a cool climate and some limestone in the soil.This is rounded, supple and elegant with soft strawberry and red cherry fruit.Nicely elegant in style...
Limarí has idealconditions for pinot noir, with a cool climate and some limestone in the soil.This is rounded, supple and elegant with soft strawberry and red cherry fruit.Nicely elegant in style with lovely fruit. Very stylish for the price.
Read more

90/100 Jamie Goode

wineanorak.com

Limarí has ideal conditions for pinot noir, with a cool climate and some limestone in the soil. This is rounded, supple and elegant with soft strawberry and red cherry fruit. Nicely elegant in ...
Limarí has ideal conditions for pinot noir, with a cool climate and some limestone in the soil. This is rounded, supple and elegant with soft strawberry and red cherry fruit. Nicely elegant in style with lovely fruit. Very stylish for the price.
Read more

90/100 Jamie Goode

2019 vintage reviews
2017 vintage reviews
2016 vintage reviews

Bestselling wines

Back to top