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This is the best vintage of this wine we have ever bought. 2018 is an excellent year in Chile, as illustrated by this wine's lovely blackcurrant perfume an attractive cedary quality.
Product Code: CE10881
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Concha y Toro is the Penfolds of Chile, simultaneously producing some of Chile’s greatest wines in limited quantities (Don Melchor, Carmín de Peumo, Amelia, Maycas del Limarí Quebrada Seca Chardonnay, etc.) as well as large volumes of high-quality brands such as Casillero del Diablo. Based at Pirque in the Santiago region, it is Chile’s largest vineyard owner, with over 6000 hectares of vineyards spread throughout the country’s many wine-producing regions. The company also buys in grapes of a similar quantity to that produced in its own vineyards. The diversity of soil types, climates, aspect and altitude has enabled the company to develop an impressive repertoire of grape varieties, each of which is sourced from vineyards best suited to its needs.Concha y Toro has expanded almost beyond recognition from its humble beginnings in 1883, when liberal politician Don Melchor de Concha y Toro and his wife Doña Emiliana cultivated their first vineyards from Bordeaux vine cuttings. After Don Melchor died, his son took over, and the 1930s saw the company’s first exports – to the Dutch port of Rotterdam. In the 1950s, the Guilisasti family came on board, eventually taking over the majority share of the company in 1961. Under its direction, Concha y Toro gradually established its name through value-for-money, well-made varietal wines. From the end of the 1980s onwards, Concha y Toro led the way in boosting Chile’s export profile. A large part of their success was down to the development of a number of big wine brands, including the joint-venture Almaviva winery in collaboration with Mouton-Rothschild, launched in 1997. More recently, the company purchased vineyards in California in 2011, proving that it certainly hasn’t lost its thirst for new and exciting projects.Concha y Toro has continued to develop and modernise over the past few decades and, with vineyard holdings from Limarí in the north to Bío Bío in the south, it is well placed to do so. Winemakers Marcelo Papa (responsible for Casillero del Diablo, Marqués de Casa Concha and Maycas del Limarí) and Ignacio Recabarren (responsible for Trio, Terrunyo, Amelia and Carmín de Peumo) have spearheaded an impressive rise in quality. Their winemaking skills and the great vineyard resources of Concha combine to make some of Chile’s best wines.
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.
"Very drinkable, full of black current flavour ...much better than previous vintages and excellent value at this price. Looking forward to lockdown summer BBQ's with this easy cab sav."
I would recommend this wine
"Very drinkable, full of black current flavour ...much better than previous vintages and excellent value at this price. Looking forward to lockdown summer BBQ's with this easy cab sav."
I would recommend this wine
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"Good with lamb chops and better with the cheese that followed. Still a little firm and would have benefited from opening earlier and decanting. Will buy again."
Mr Trefor Rosser-James (17-Jul-2019)
"Very disppointing wine. Left a bitter after taste and would not want to buy or drink again."
Mr Michael Berry (24-Apr-2019)
"We thought this very dull and unrefined. Many better ones out there "
Mrs Jane Barry (21-Apr-2019)
"Tasty full bodied. Descriptions was accurate. Quite acidic. Wasnt blow away but Would buy again, hence the 4*"
Mr Ajay Sabnis (04-Apr-2019)
"Serviceable drinkable but not outstanding buy again as a mid weeker"
Mr Owen Duffy (28-Mar-2019)
"BOOF …..an uncomplicated delivery of blackcurrant and power
An excellent benchmark and v good value for money, provides an excellent challenge to those wines asking a higher price
higher priced CBs will need to deliver on complexity"
Mr John Miller (04-Jan-2019)
"Whenever we roast lamb, this is the wine I reach for, a lovey match. I am amazed that it doesn't appear on 'food matches'.
The description is accurate, the price is attractive, what's not to like?
Mr Sidney Roots (22-Oct-2018)
"Great guidance on the description, and very reliable. Good stuff, popular with all in our house, will please all."
Mr William Tutton (27-Sep-2018)
"The description is bang on. A very good example of CB style. Good value at current price £6.95"
Dr Brian Murray (15-Aug-2018)
Church Times (20th Dec 2019)
"… really ripe fruit
makes a wine that genuinely tastes of the grape variety from which it was made.
It is a perfect partner for rare roast beef. - Christopher Fielden"
"true to the information provided, complex flavours, think it a little too harsh for drinking without food, however a good cab sauv. "
Mr Martin Reeves (22-Jun-2018)
Mr Michal Slavik (10-Apr-2018)
"This is an excellent choice from the Society. Great value for money, and I would not hesitate to order again."
Mr Andrew McManus (09-Apr-2018)
"One of the more modestly priced wines, but punches well above its weight. Typical Cabernet earthiness and power, rounded, balanced and dense. A bit of spiciness and smooth tannins. I would recommend this wine."
Mr John Lay (07-Apr-2018)
"The 2014 was a stunner. This year isn't quite as good, but is still pretty impressive. Definitely Cab. Sauv., but with that distinctive Chilean nuance.
Very good value for money."
Mr Peter Nelson (09-Nov-2017)
"As it says on the label, 'power and elegance'. A notch up from the Concha y Toro wines in the supermarket (which are always good), though similar in price. Well done Wine Society for your 'collaboration' with the winemakers. A lovely glad to drink during the week."
Mr David N M Mitchell (10-Aug-2017)
Mr Alex Downham (14-Jun-2017)
"Finally got round to drinking this... amazed by the value. Really very, very good... highly recommended, wish I could buy more."
Mr John Stephenson (22-Sep-2017)
"Stonking. I feel guilty for paying so little for it - Gofd knows what the grower's are getting. Whatever it is, it isn't enough. This is a good wine at a fantastic price and represents tremendous value for money."
Mr John Carr (28-Jun-2017)
"Outstanding for the price!"
Mr Alexander Layzell-Payne (31-May-2017)
"This is one of my favourite wines in this price range. Highly recommend."
Mr Alexander Layzell-Payne (22-May-2017)
"Wow. Outstanding. A bottle of Vimto, stirred briefly with an unlit cigar, while standing next to a wood fire, drunk through a mouthful of marmalade after a quick diesel oil swill (not in a bad way). And all this for only £6.50!"
Mr Peter Nelson (02-Feb-2017)
"I give 4 stars to wines that I like and intend to come back for more. Enjoyed this very much. Great value."
Mr Chris Futcher (10-Jan-2017)
"Very different wine from the last time I drank this about 3 years ago, when it was what I would call a 'standard' Chilean Cab.Sauv. of above average quality.
When I opened this, my first impression (and probably second) was of a young southern French Syrah, with bouquet and palate of that rather than CS. I was very close to contacting WS to check that there hadn't been a 'rogue' labelling or bottling....however on the second day, some of the CS characteristics began to show, there was some restrained blackcurrant fruit. However, it was most definitely not in the very forward New World varietal style.
It's a good wine, but I would certainly recommend opening and decanting at least a couple of hours before drinking, to get the varietal character. I will try a second bottle before I come to a more definitive view, but some of the comments below don't quite ring true - but they may be from the previous vintage? The comment about unusual hidden flavours is quite accurate."
Mr Mark Colman (11-Nov-2016)
"I am no MW by any standard. What I know about wine could be printed, in capitals on the back of a postage stamp. But.... this is the wine I tend to pull out when anything beefy, or in any special way flavoursome is on the Boyce menu. I don't suppose it's really very clever, I really don't know, but when a good honest bottle of red, with a bit of body is required, this is the one. Wine of this standard, at this price, 2013, is as far as I'm concerned, a steal. Long live Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. Please, just keep it coming."
Mr Julian Boyce (16-Aug-2016)
"Unusual hidden flavours, highly recommended."
Mr Martin Reeves (11-Aug-2016)
"This is my favourite, do-it-all, go to wine. I am no expert but, I have drunk some awful Tosh from other suppliers costing much more than this. I just keep coming back for more. There are others I like but, this, for me, is red wine."
Mr Julian Boyce (20-May-2016)
"I really enjoyed this wine. An initial fruit burst on the palate gave way to a pleasant finish. Will remember to order a few bottles later in the year to see me through winter. Excellent value"
Dr Brian Carr (15-May-2016)
"This is the same price as the Silbador but is in a different league altogether. Fruity, sweet but not too sweet, good tannins and a bit of mint. Really classy."
Mr Jason Mossman (03-Mar-2016)
"Full palate of cedar and blackcurrant. Sweet by just the right amount. Exceptional value even by wine society standards. You aren't going to find anything as good in supermarket for under a tenner, actually I wouldn't be disappointed if a paid £12+. Pure and faultless - sophisticated and delicious. I've probably tried over 100 Society bottles now and this stands out as being the best value."
Mr Anthony O'Halloran (08-Nov-2015)
"Just received a case of this at the reduced price of £66 which is good value for this cab sav. I still prefer The Society's Merlot but you can't go far wrong with this for the price."
Mr David Marshall (03-Aug-2015)
"I'm not normally a Cab drinker due to a number of bad and/or indifferent (albeit less expensive) ones in the past. So it was for this reason that this was one of my 12 bottle choices, along with another New World to see what a Society picked one would be like? So I was very pleasantly surprised by this one as it was a lovely easy to drink wine that had bags of berry flavour and a finish that just coated my whole mouth but at the same time not harsh in any way. This will go down on my “… buy more list”."
Mr John Devlin (10-Jul-2015)
"Had with roast chicken and veg. Opened about 2 hrs before. Really recommend it a lot. Very drinkable. Complimented the dinner very well."
Mr Tony Bedborough (10-May-2015)
"This is delicious - Great Cabernet flavours. This particular Society bottle is very good quality - affordable for the quaffable occasion with a group or to enjoy on your own. It's what I expected of The society and will buy again at this price."
Mr Paul Colenutt (05-May-2015)
"Cab sav full of fruit but not too tannic. A definite favourite with my good lady!"
Mr Steve Parker (21-Apr-2015)
"This was a bit of a revelation really. Bags of full flavour. Oakes with blackcurrant, cherry and good depth. Great value for money!"
Mr Steve Parker (06-Mar-2015)
"Smells of blackcurrant preserve with woody notes. Full bodied. Cedar-wood taste. High tannin gives a slightly bitter/dry finish. Wouldn't pay more than £5.50. Not bad but definitely not great."
Mr Gary McCormack (24-Feb-2015)
"A nice cab sav but not massively better than Casillero Del Diablo cab sav from the same producer which you can pick up for under £5. Not as good a buy as The Society's Merlot but still worth trying."
Mr David Marshall (22-Dec-2014)
"An absolute steal at this reduced price! Initially ordered two cases and have just ordered two more. A very well balanced wine with good integrated fruit and soft, yes soft tannins which give the merest tingle on the top gum. A long finish with vanilla oak to the fore a la Rioja , which I personally love - tastes more like 18 rather than 8 months in barrel."
Mr John A Tipping (23-Nov-2014)
"A huge disappointment. Harsh finish and full of tannin. Having just read some reviews from other members I can scarcely believe that they were drinking the same wine. It is OK with very spicy food but not with any delicate flavours or on its own. We will not buy it again."
Dr David Pitcher (18-Sep-2014)
"If you're expecting this to be a supermarket style fruit bomb, think again. It's much more restrained than that, and although it's still fruit forward it never comes close to tipping over the line into alcoholic fruit juice, and it's all the better for it. Another bargain from TWS."
Mr Kieran Hynes (30-Aug-2014)
"I tried this just a couple of weeks ago and thought what a wonderful wine and fantastic value. I made a mental note to order more next time. It's good to know I am not alone in thinking this is a bargain. It put me in mind of the Society Chilean Merlot a few years ago that was declared Champion of Champions."
Mr Antony E Langstone (28-May-2014)
"A good example of Cab Sauv with the classic CS taste. Well rounded and pleasing. Excellent with game amd red meat.
Mr Cliff Snelling (17-Mar-2014)
"Dark in colour and can really taste the oak, improved greatly after 30 mins decanting as other reviews have said. Very nice, I'm a real fan!"
Mr Craig Owen (18-Jan-2014)
"The first glass was a bit harsh and over oaked, so I left the bottle open for 24 hours. Now much better; not a Claret lookalike but oaky on a par with a Rioja and a very decent Red indeed, with nicely balanced fruit & gentle tannin. Label is awful, so kill two birds with one stone and decant early. Quite frankly its an excellent bottle for under £7.
Mr Tim Potts (29-Dec-2013)
"Needs to be opened a good hour before drinking to be at its best (or better still decanted). Great value and we really enjoyed this wine which you could be forgiven for thinking it is a much more expensive French Cab Sauv."
Mr Brian Kain (17-Aug-2013)
"If like me you often avoid Cabernet Sauvignon with the view that it is a food wine and quite high in tannin, think again with this one, as it's really smooth. Easily drinkable on it's own and I think it's great value."
Mr Richard Burton (31-Mar-2013)
"Bottle label notes state 'classic style'. My novice palate interpreted this as 'French', as it was more austere than a lot of Chilean fruit bombs I have tasted. Very good and excellent value for money. This was exactly what I hoped for when I joined the Society. I will definitely reorder and contemplate a blind taste against some left bank clarets (at probably at least twice the price of this one)."
Mr Stewart Cusworth (30-Jan-2013)
"Fantastic wine to come home to after a busy day at work, went well with our meal, looking forward to receiving some more, we've just ordered a case!"
Dr Paul M Bateson (15-Jan-2013)
"Not your average 'Cab'! This stands out from the ever so popular Cabernet Savignon. Soft, fruity & ultra smooth tannins. To say there are hints of vanilla & liquorice, I may well be putting people off! This is a great all rounder, with or without food. It is not too full bodied, definitely a medium & the alcohol content is well absorbed within the wine. Suberb value & well crafted :D"
Mr James Hibbert (10-Nov-2011)
"This is a fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon and for the price an absolute steal especially coming from the well regarded Concha y Toro. Black Fruit, Smooth with a hint of Tannic Structure, Long Finish. A crowd pleaser and our House Red! Good with or without food."
Mr Darren Jefford (23-Oct-2011)
"Great value for money. Ripe fruit, depth of body with smooth finish."
Mr Robert Beadman (20-Aug-2011)
"This was one of the first wines we have tried having only recently become Society members. Full and fruity and bursting with flavour it's absolutely delicious...now where's my credit card!"
Mr Phil Paterson-Fox (18-Jul-2011)
"We thought that this had a lovely bouquet and very deep velvet colour, but found that it did need some oxygenation. Even then, it was too cedary for us, and we struggled with it, as we found the ending a little harsh for us. Drinkable, and good as an everyday run-of-the-mill find, but we wouldn't buy again."
Dr Aref Dyer (27-May-2011)
"This is a benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon which has deservedly become a classic. It has excellent structure and length. Outstanding value for money and recommended without hesitation to other members who have not yet tasted it."
Bernard T Hawcroft Esq (10-Jun-2010)
"This wine backs up one of my obsessions: the variable quality control one finds everywhere. We bought a case - because it was so highly rated (by Stephen Spurrier recently and Toby Morrall more generally), because it was cheap (£5 under offer), because we've found it generally good in the past, because we think Chilean wines good value, because we should support Chilean wines at the moment (etc.). The first bottle was not in perfect condition - there was an initial acidity which smoothed out after 15-20 minutes; good but imperfect. The second was 'heavy' and charmless; drinkable but clearly not right. The third bottle was absolutely spot on - and clearly identifiable as such from the very first sniff. Very few wine writers acknowledge this problem - Jane MacQuitty is almost alone, but even her estimate of 1 in 12 bottles defective is way, way too low."
Mr John L Moles (19-Apr-2010)
"A great beautifully mellow wine in which the full flavour develops with time. We found the taste improved considerably when the wine had been in the glass for about 15-20 mins. It become considerably more palatable having been oxygenated. A definite buy and highly recommended."
Mr Michael Aldridge (21-Feb-2010)
"A distinctive, fresh and superbly flavoured wine. About as good value for money as you can get on wine."
Mr Peter J Baden (26-Dec-2009)
"I have been a fan of the Society's own range of Chilean wine for quite some time. I consider them to offer excellent value: good quality wine at an affordable price (important as we are pensioners!). The Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay has given us much pleasure with the Sauvignon Blanc being my wife's favourite tipple. For some unknown reason, until recently, I had never ordered the Cabernet Sauvignon. I always read with much interest the views of the Society's buyers. In the recent 'Buyers' Favourites' leaflet Toby Morrhall sang the praises of the Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo and that was sufficient for me to get a few bottles to try. We were not disappointed! We immediately ordered a whole case.
On opening one is struck by the beautiful bouquet. Difficult to describe. A mixture of vanilla and perhaps cherries or blackcurrants. On tasting one experienced a certain roundness, smooth and balanced. Although 14% we have found it to be perfectly acceptable to drink both with and without food. - good all-rounder. Who knows - it might just become our red 'house wine'! Enjoy it!"
Mr William Burnett (12-Aug-2009)
"I have bought the Society's Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley on a regular basis for a number of years.
This quality mellow wine consistently gives us a smooth and rich full bodied flavour which is enjoyed by family and friends alike.
Mr Bruce Marshall (07-Aug-2009)
"We have been buying this wine for several years now and it is undoubtedly superb value for the money - it is our every day red wine of choice and we are never without some in the house . We were interested to read in the Society's March 2009 Review the description of the making of the wine . It explains why it is so good and in particular how carefully the oak effect is fine tuned - in our view overoaking is so often the ruination of many South American (and European) red wines."
Mr Timothy M Curtis (06-Aug-2009)
"This is our standard red of choice. It represents outstanding value for money and is consistently of a high quality. It has all the classic Cab Sauv qualities of summer fruit and berries and we've never had a duff bottle in the years that we have been ordering the wine. If you like warm, fruity and full red wine for the price of cheap supermarket plonk, you should definitely give the Society Maipo Valley Cabernet Sauvignon a try."
Mr Nadi Jahangiri (05-Aug-2009)
"An excellent inexpensive wine, good value for money. Always have a few bottles to hand."
George Jamieson Esq (05-Aug-2009)
"As someone who is not infrequently underwhelmed by wines recommended by the cognoscenti, I was delighted to find that the praise given to this wine by the Society's buyers was well deserved. I cannot remember drinking a red wine costing under £7 with such depth of flavour without having to endure less enjoyable tannins or acidity. Unsure whether others would share my delight, I put this wine against other more expensive wines into a recent blind tasting with friends. All but one of us (he placed it second) declared it as their favourite. Give it a try, but please leave some for me!"
Mr Malcolm C Hodgson (05-Aug-2009)
"This is a fine example of Cabernet Sauvignon and the Society has, once again, 'delivered the goods'.
It shows all the expected traits of the grape variety one would expect and provides great value for money.
If you like Cabernet, you must try this!"
Mr Alan West (05-Aug-2009)
Decanter (5th Sep 2013)
"From what is
considered the traditional heartland for Chilean cabernet, this is a
co-production between The Wine Society and Concha y Toro. It has a perky nose
with red cherry and ripe blackcurrant tones, while what follows on in the mouth
is a pure, vibrant and elegant expression of the Maipo region and cabernet
grape. - 50 best South American wines under £20"
From what is considered the traditional heartland
for Chilean cabernet, this is a co-production between The Wine Society and
Concha y Toro. It has a perky nose with red cherry and ripe blackcurrant
tones, while what follows on in the mouth is a pure, vibrant and elegant
expression of the Maipo region and cabernet grape.
Chichester Observer (7th Mar 2013)
"A sound, cencentrated red, full of rich blackcurrant flavours, without being in the least bit jammy. It was aged in oak barrels for around eight months, and hints of this are evident in this very drinkable wine. Recommended. - Peter Homer"
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