Maquis is one of those wineries that absolutely fascinated us from the start. First of all, owner and winemaker, Ricardo Rivadeneira, planted 134 acres of Cabernet Franc on his land instead of Cabernet Sauvignon. Then he hired one of the most respected consultants in Bordeaux, Jacques Boissenot, to advise him on winemaking. He also hired vineyard consultant Xavier Chon?, who has worked at none other than Ch?teau d'Yquem (producer of the greatest dessert wine in the world), Leoville Las Cases (a classified growth Bordeaux) and Opus One.
All this firepower doesn't assure that this wine will be great, but it does give it a leg up on the competition. Everyone is on the same page here. The people at Maquis want to make the greatest wine possible. And they succeed.
This is the first Cabernet Franc we've tasted from Chile, which is one reason why we found it so intriguing. We love this grape, yet it is probably the most misunderstood variety there is (unless you go to the Right Bank of Bordeaux in the village of Saint-?milion, where that grape is king).
Cabernet Franc is a quirky grape that tends to show a lot of vegetation. That propensity can be a problem because the plant wants to produce leaves instead of grapes, so it must be trained correctly.
When you do, you get a mesmerizing powerhouse of a wine that almost defies gravity. Large and lovely, the flavors just keep coming and never give up.
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