Cards of Wine

Carménère (France)

China, Chile, and Italy have the largest planting of Carménère.

Carménère originated in Bordeaux in France.

Flavors

Blackberry
Blackberry
Black Currant
Black
Currant
Black Cherry
Black
Cherry
Plum
Plum
Herbs
Herbs
Pepper
Pepper
Spices
Spices
Granite
Granite

Oak Added Flavors:

Barrel
Barrel
Vanilla
Vanilla
Chocolate
Chocolate
Leather
Leather

Dark Berries and Green Pepper are typical Carménère flavors.

Hints of Spices and Minerals (Granite).

Oak added Flavors: Vanilla. Chocolate. Smoke. Leather.

Profile

Carménère is a medium bodied wine. Tannins are softer than Cabernet Sauvignon:

BODYMedium
TANNINSMedium
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium
Serving temperature:
15-16°C (59-61°F)

Food Pairing

Antipasti
Tapas
Salami
Salami
Ham
Ham
Chicken
Chicken
Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Red Meat
Beef

Carménère pairs well with spicy meat. Mediterranean. Mexican. Middle Eastern. Chilean.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Smoked Meat.
Chicken. Pork. Lamb. Veal.
Grilled. Roasted Meats.
BBQ. Beef.
Rosemary. Coriander.
Spicy Herbs. Curry. Cumin.

Cheese:

Strong Cheeses.

About

In the 18th century Carménère was widely planted in Bordeaux, France.

Because the grape failed to survive the Phylloxera plague in 1867, only a very small amount is growing in France today.

DNA studies show that Carmenère is the result of a crossing between Cabernet Franc and Gros Cabernet.

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is the perfect glass for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.