Julio Bouchon, above all else, values family tradition and wine identity. The Bouchon story began in 1892 when Emile Bouchon settled in the Colchagua Valley in Chile from his native Saint Emilion in Bordeaux. Today Julio Bouchon senior and his children continue this long tradition of winemaking.
The vineyards are now located in the dry coastal region of the Maule Valley in the Santa Maria Mingre, Santa Rosa, Las Mercedes and Batuco estates with 370 hectares in total, with some vines more than 60 years old. The Maule valley has a superb climate and terroir and helps Bouchon to produce expressive, pure and terroir-driven wines that are excellent value for money.
Size: 700 ha
Altitude: 800 - 1100 m.a.s.l
Annual Rainfall: 200mm
J.Bouchon is a huge believer in sustainability and as such, is a member of the Wines of Chile program, which has developed the sustainability National Code, the Chilean Wine Standard Certification and GRI (Global Report Initiative) Reports. At the same time they have developed their own specific initiative for being more sustainable on a day-to-day basis: for example using eco bottles for the Reserva wines and using grape skins and seeds as compost in their vineyards. The entry level wines offer pure, clean fruit with great freshness.
The unoaked Chardonnay has tropical fruit flavours, a creamy mid palate and a vibrant acidity. The Sauvignon Blanc is fresh and crisp with concentrated gooseberry with mango and passion fruit on the finish. The Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé is packed with raspberry and strawberry fruit with a refreshing finish. The reds have remarkable structure and complexity: the Merlot offers bright strawberry fruit, plums, vanilla and coffee; the Carmenère Syrah blend is brimming with dark red fruits such as plums and cherries with spicy notes of black and green pepper and a soft finish.
Assemblage, Las Mercedes 2007 - voted as one of the best wines from Chile, Wine Access 2010 International Value Wine Awards
“A fantastic quality wine at a very good price. With each new vintage getting better and better the future for this wine is looking good in years to come. This Sauvignon Blanc is one that can be enjoyed as an aperitif or accompanying some seasonal food. With its high acidity and lots of fruit it will go well with lots of different dishes. This wine is perfect on a nice sunny day eating alfresco.” Peter Foulds, Sommelier at the Exclusive Hotels group on the Sauvignon Blanc