Calcu

Calcu is the second label of Vinas Maquis. Their vineyards are located in the Colchagua Valley. Their new releases include a lineup of single varietal wines that complement the delicious red blend it is already famous for.

Since 2005, Maquis has worked with viticulturist Xavier Choné, who also consults with Chateau Yquem, Leoville Las Cases, Opus One and Dalla Valle. Under Xavier's influence the vineyards are strategically planted and farmed with minimal irrigation. Carmenere is planted in the warmest spots and Cabernet Franc in the cooler areas.

Winemaking specialist Jacques Boissenot, who lists four of the five Bordeaux first growths, Chateaux Margaux, Lafite, Latour, and Mounton Rothschild, is at the helm of the winemaking team.

Cabernet Sauvignon

This rich, velvety wine is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Carménère and 5% Petit Verdot. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come from a block located at the foothills of the Andes at an altitude of 500 meters–one of the highest in altitude and closest in proximity to the Andes in the Colchagua Valley. The soil is deep, alluvial and well drained because of the stoney and gravelly composition. The Carménère and Petit Verdot come from the Maquis estate in the central part of Colchagua Valley. Twenty percent of the blend was aged for 9 months in third-use French oak barrels while the rest remains in stainless steel tanks.

Reviews:

“Colchagua reds tend to be generous in ripeness and opulent in body, but Calcu takes another direction. This is crunchy with nervy acidity. The red fruit flavours are seductively refreshing, showing a lovely intensity.” ~ 92, Great Value Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, Decanter 2015

Price: Fl $120.00, 3cs $112.00, 5cs $108.00, 6cs $96.00
 
Cabernet Franc

The Cabernet Franc blends red fruit aromas with spicy touches of dark chocolate finishing with smooth, silky tannins. Pairs well with grilled food and tomato-based pasta. The grapes for this wine are 100% Cabernet Franc and come from a vineyard block planted in a privileged location between the Chimbarongo Creek and the Tinguiririca River on the Maquis Estate, in the heart of the Colchagua Valley.

Reviews:

“Bright dried berry with a pretty hint of fresh basil. Medium body, fine tannins and a crisp finish.” ~ 90, James Suckling 2015

Price: Fl $120, 2cs $112, 4cs $108, 6cs $96
 
Sauvignon Blanc

Refreshing and crisp, with hints of green apple, ripe pears, pineapple and tropical citrus, this Sauvignon Blanc is produced with fruit from the foothills of the Andes Mountains. This wine will pair well with seafood, poultry and soft goat cheese.

Reviews:

"Vivid straw. Lively and spicy on the nose, displaying scents of fresh citrus fruits and green apple. Delicate and light on its feet, offering tangy lemon and bitter quince flavors and a touch of anise. Finishes dry and tight, with good cut and decent length." ~ 87, Vinous June 2015

Price: Fl $120.00, 3cs $112.00, 5cs $108.00, 6cs $96.00
 
Rose

This vintage’s bouquet is floral with subtle notes of grapefruit and spice. The palate is clean, crisp and well balanced with hints of cherry and wild strawberry. Made from 50% Malbec, 40% Syrah, and 10% Petit Verdot.

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Price: Fl $120.00, 2cs $112.00, 4cs $108.00, 6cs $96.00
 
Carmenere

The wine is made from 100% Carmenere grapes grown between the Chimbarongo Creek and the Tinguiririca River on the Maquis Estate in central Colchagua Valley. The vineyard block’s two-meter-deep, well-drained alluvial soil contains gravel, contributing to a wine that has pronounced spice and black fruit aromas and velvety, bright tannins. This is a silky Carmenere, with flavors of blackberry, cinnamon and rosemary.

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Price: Fl $120.00, 2cs $112.00, 4cs $108.00, 6cs $96.00