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Antucura Grand Vin Red Blend 2007

Antucura Grand Vin Red Blend 2007Score: 91

Province: MendozaAntucura Grand Vin Red Blend 2007

Subregion: Vista Flores

Grapes: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Malbec

Aging: 16 months in new French oak and at least 12 months in the bottle

Apparently Antucura wanted to show that they could take the very same blend as their Calcura, with its dignified Old World style, and create a powerful New World wine. Here the blend is seamless, which means its flavors – red and black berries, with a robust tannic underpinning even after seven years – are direct and conformed. That means there’s less development on the palate, but there can surely be a year or two more development in the bottle. This story isn’t over yet.

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A Chat with Herve Chagneau of Antucura

Antucura may not be a household name for wine lovers, but it certainly should be. Its wines are an extraordinary expression of the Vista Flores terroir through a broad variety of grapes, and many have received 90 points or more from Argovino. The winery and hotel in Tunuyan are the brainchild of Anne-Caroline Biancheri, who initially brought in Michel Rolland to make a small selection of high-quality varietals and blends. In 2011, Herve Chagneau took over as head winemaker. We spoke to him about his vision for this exceptional property.

AV: How did you come to take up your position at Antucura? What inspired you about the project?

HC: Before working for Antucura, I worked for five years at another winery in Maipu, named Poesia. When Anne-Caroline contacted me to come to work with her at Antucura in the Uco Valley, I immediately accepted, knowing the great potential of this region and the brand.

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