El Principal Maipo Valley
This 54 ha Maipo estate has been developed by Bordelais Patrick Valette, with the vineyard planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot. El Principal is a modern Bordeaux style and as at many Bordeaux properties a second wine, Memorias, is produced to ensure the integrity of the grand vin and to this is now added a third label, Calicanto. Yields are kept low at 30 hl/ha and El Principal is aged in 100% new oak with malolactic in barrel. Memorias is a good, medium-weight style. El Principal is normally a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with around a third of Carmenère and the wine offers greater richness and a rounder, suppler texture. (DM)
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