Adventures in Peru

Peru

Tasted August 25, 2018 - September 3, 2018 by jgreco with 50 views

Introduction

This is a grouping for the wine we enjoyed on our vacation to Peru.

Flight 1 - The Sacred Valley (3 notes)

There was not a lot of variety available. Mostly Chilean and Argentinian wines.

White
2015 Montes Chardonnay Alpha Chile, Casablanca Valley
85 points
I’m not sure Chile is going to be in the running for great Chardonnay regions anytime soon. The nose is funky and not very reminiscent of Chardonnay. The texture is silky. There is not a lot of flavor here.
Red
2015 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon Chile, Rapel Valley, Colchagua Valley
86 points
The nose of the Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon is shockingly similar to the Montes Alpha Chardonnay. That is not a good sign! Inky black in color. Sweet blueberries on the first sip, but there’s not much else that follows through. It doesn’t seem like there is much potential for further development.
White
2015 Concha y Toro Chardonnay Amelia Las Petras Casablanca Valley Chile, Casablanca Valley
88 points
This is the third and by far the best of the three Chilean wines that I had. Oak, honey, and a little earthiness on the nose. The Concha y Toro has a nice gravely texture. Good acidity. However, the winemaker overdid it on the oak. It reminds me of California Chardonnays of a decade ago. A decent effort for a Chilean Chardonnay, but not something I would drink again.

Flight 2 - Lima (3 notes)

Lima was much more international than other parts of Peru. There was a strong focus on French wines.

White - Sparkling
2008 Moët & Chandon Champagne Grand Vintage Brut France, Champagne
91 points
The 2008 vintage Moet & Chandon features green apples and lime on the nose. The wine has a great mouthfeel with a stony texture to it. This is hard to beat for a mass market Champagne. However, I think you’re better off drinking the non-vintage stuff. We enjoyed this at Astrid y Gaston.
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White
2012 Domaine Laroche Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
93 points
The 2012 Domaine Laroche Les Blanchots is a knockout. Wonderful aromatics of petrol, flowers, honey. I’m usually not a fan of petrol in my wine, but here it really works. There is also all the terrific minerality that you would expect from a Chablis Grand Cru. The wine evolved quite a bit over the course of the evening, developing sweet nutty flavors. We enjoyed this at Central, which ended up being a great pairing to allow the flavors of Peru to shine through.
White
2015 Louis Jadot Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
92 points
The 2015 Jadot is a wine of precision. There is a lovely youthful bouquet of honey, white flowers, and tangerines. Crisp and clean citrus notes are brought forward on the palate and stick around through a long finish. Great salinity. Just downright delicious. We enjoyed this at Maido which made it all the more special.
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