Tim Atkin MW - Chile Special Report 2024 - Boutinot
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Tim Atkin’s MW influential Chile 2024 Special Report, now in its 8th year,  has just been published and includes some tremendous reviews for our producers Emiliana Organic Vineyards and Viña Tabalí.  Chile is now the biggest wine producer in the Southern Hemisphere and Tim visited for 3 weeks at the end of 2023. He walked the vineyards, talked to the producers and tasted wines to assemble this insightful and thorough report. Some 3500km were travelled to compile the  201 pages of 65000 words covering 1173 wines over 184 wineries….

 

Visionary winemaker Álvaro Espinoza received the “Winemaking Legend Award”. Espinoza was the person who brought biodynamic viticulture to South America and was instrumental in the conversion of Emiliana to an organic and biodynamic winery. Now the largest Organic winery in the world, Espinoza continues to consult for Emiliana today.  Congratulations to him. 

 

While visiting Emiliana Organic Vineyard, Tim Atkin toured the Los Robles vineyard and its trial pit, tasting the winery’s premium wines with winemaker Noelia Orts and Agricultural Manager Andrés Aparicio. During the visit, he reaffirmed his fondness for Coyam.  This exceptional blend has consistently been among his favourites previously and this year received an outstanding score of 96 points for the 2021 vintage. 

 

Here’s what Tim had to say….

Emiliana Coyam, DO Valle de Colchagua 2021; Currently celebrating its twentieth vintage, Coyam is one of Chile’s finest – and best value-reds. Dominated by Syrah and Carmenère, with the remaining 27% made up of Carignan, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Tempranillo, it’s a seamless, beautifully judged amalgam that moves from subtle vanilla and wild herb aromas to a palate of plum, raspberry, black cherry and redcurrant. Great now, but will age beautifully. 96 Points

Emiliana Gê, DO Valle de Colchagua 2020; More than three times the price of its stablemate Coyam, but this is a slightly superior wine that will take longer to reach its peak in bottle. Showcasing Syrah, 41% Carmenère, 7% Malbec and 1% Garnacha, this is more Mediterranean in style than the 2019 release, with aromas of oregano and rosemary, succulent red berry flavours, fine-boned tannins and engaging zip and palate length. 97 Points

Emiliana Salvaje Syrah Roussanne, DO Valle de Casablanca 2023; One of a pair of wines under the Salvaje umbrella, this is a lively, savvy blend of Syrah and 3% Roussanne from Noelia Orts. Tangy, racy and juicy, this cement-fermented and aged cuvée has blackberry, tapenade and mountain herb flavours and a refreshing mineral core. 91 Points

 

At Viña Tabalí a large number of wines received high praise and excellent scores. Its great to see the newest editions to our portfolio, the sparkling Tatié Brut and Tatié Extra Brut Rosé so well received, as well as the outstanding Rocha Madre maintaining its run of high praise with 96 points. Across the whole range, the Talinay wines were applauded, while the Chile meets Puligny-Montrachet Tabalí Caliza Chardonnay was bestowed with a fantastic 96 points

 

Here’s what Tim had to say….

Tabalí Roca Madre Malbec, DO Valle de Limarí 2020; Roca Madre is a brilliant varietal Malbec, sourced from the Río Hurtado vineyard on volcanic soils at 1,600 metres at the top of the Limarí Valley. Floral, sappy, elegant and well balanced, it’s a refined, acid-driven style that wouldn’t look out of place in Paraje Altamira on the other side of the Andes, showing scented oak, layers of violet, plum and blackberry and carefully sculpted tannins. 96 Points

Tabalí Caliza Chardonnay, DO Valle de Limarí 2023; “It was cool out on the coast in 2023”, says Felipe Müller of this single, very low-yielding 0.7-hectare parcel within the larger Talinay vineyard. Reflecting the high percentage of active limestone in the soil, this is wonderfully focused, chiselled and intense, with notes of citrus and lemon butter, steely acidity, a flinty undertone and nuanced patisserie oak spices. Outstanding. 96 Points

Tabalí Talinay Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, DO Valle de Limarí 2023; When there’s a queue to buy grapes from a particular vineyard, you get a good idea of how special it is. This limestone-rich, Pacific-cooled Sauvignon from Talinay is pithy, pale and intense, with nettle and petrichor aromas and a palate of grapefruit, lemongrass and rock salt. 95 Points

Tabalí Talinay Vineyard Chardonnay, DO Valle de Limarí 2022; One of two top Chardonnays from the Talinay vineyard, this is wonderfully fresh and bracing, with levels of minerality and chalky intensity that wouldn’t look out of place in Chablis. Oyster shell and struck match aromas are complemented by subtle wood spices and a core of wet stones and lemon zest. 94 Points

Tabalí Micas Peumo Carmenère, DO Valle de Cachapoal 2022; Micas uses grapes from a 1973 parcel in Peumo, arguably the best terroir for Carmenère in Chile. Offering excellent value for money, it has leafy, cut grass aromas, fine-boned tannins, graceful oak integration, plenty of zip and minerality and plum and red berry fruit flavours. 94 Points

Tabalí Tatié Extra Brut Rosé, DO Valle de Limarí 2021; Made with Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay – the inverse of the Tatié Brut – this is a delicate, very pale rosé that spent 30 months on lees before disgorgement. Pithy, sappy and very intense, it has mouth-watering acidity, redcurrant and wild strawberry flavours and a creamy mid-palate. The 4.5 grams of dosage are deftly integrated. 94 Points

Tabalí Tatié Brut, DO Valle de Limarí NV; All made with grapes from the Talinay vineyard close to the Limarí Valley’s Pacific coast, this is a stylish cuvée of Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir from limestone-rich soils. Subtle, focused and very chiselled, even after full malolactic fermentation, it has 5.3 grams of dosage, wet stone, citrus and sourdough bread flavours and a tapering finish. 93 Points

Tabalí Talud Cabernet Sauvignon, DO Valle del Maipo 2022; Talud is a pure, scented, deliberately refined Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Costa that’s all about perfume, focus and freshness rather than power and concentration. Floral and textured, it has layers of bramble, mint and redcurrant and a frame of well-integrated older oak. 93 Points

Tabalí Talinay Vineyard Pinot Noir, DO Valle de Limarí 2021; As well as producing world-class white grapes, the Talinay vineyard is a very good source of Pinot Noir. Fermented with 30% whole clusters, it’s a red that speaks loudly of its limestone terroir, with engaging focus and minerality, redcurrant, goji berry and black cherry flavours and scented, well-integrated French oak. 93 Points

Huge congratulations to Álvaro Espinoza,  Emiliana and Tabalí on these accolades. The team here at Boutinot know how fantastic these wines are, vintage after vintage, but it’s always exciting to read praise from such a well respected critic. To read the full report please visit Tim’s website HERE

 

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