Julio Bouchon among the 10 top winemakers in South America
Decanter, the most important wine specialized magazine in the United Kingdom, which is distributed to more than 90 countries, has chosen Julio Bouchon as one of the 10 top winemakers of South America. Decanter recognizes the conviction Julio has shown by making wines out of grapes from older vines, with no irrigation, from the coast of the Maule Valley, and from less known varieties such as Carignan, País, and Semillon.
Bouchon among the 10 wineries to watch worldwide
Wine & Spirits, the internationally well-known magazine specialized in wines and liquors, has chosen Bouchon Family Wines among the 10 wineries to watch worldwide. The choice was made by their tasting panel, based on more than 10,000 imported wines being tasted during 2017. Bouchon Family Wines is the only Chilean winery included on the list.
Canto Sur Awarded “100 Best Value Wines” by Wine & Spirits
Wine & Spirits Magazine, one of the most influential wine magazines of the US and that it is edited by Joshua Greene, ranked Canto Sur 2016 with 91 points and awarded it with the “100 Best Value Wines” recognition. Canto Sur is a non-oaked and fresh wine made from with grapes of Carmenere, Pais, and Carignan. Also, País Salvaje obtained 93 points.
Bouchon was awarded with Two Platinum Medals at Decanter
Bouchon was awarded with two Platinum Medal – Best in Category, by Decanter World Wines Awards 2017, the largest wine competition in the world. The wines awarded were J. Bouchon, Granito, Semillon 2015, as the “Best Chilean Single Varietal”, and Las Mercedes, Singular, Semillon 2015, as the “Best Value Value Chilean Single Varietal”.
Also, J Bouchon, Canto Sur 2016 obtained gold medal and 95 points.
Granito Semillon 2015 was awarded as “White Wine Discovery of the Year”
In the “Chile 2017 Special Report”, Tim Atkin, one of Britain’s leading wine writers and an internationally recognized expert on the subject, awarded Granito, J. Bouchon, Semillon 2015 as the “White Wine Discovery of the Year” and ranked it with 96 points. Atkin said that is “barrel fermented in older wood, this is the first release of Julio Bouchon’s stunning Semillon, grown (as its name suggests) on granitic soils. The cool conditions of the Batuco Finca, close to the Pacific Ocean, have produced a brilliant wine from unirrigated, 70-year-old vines. Waxy and spicy with notes of cinnamon and vanilla and a long sappy, stony wish.”
Revelation Winery 2016
We are proud to share that Guía Descorchados 2017 has awarded Bouchon Family Wines the recognition of “Winery of the Year”! Descorchados is the most influential wine ranking institution in Chile and is also published in Brazil, Colombia & the US. Patricio Tapia, the editor, also collaborates with both Wine & Spirits in New York and Decanter in London as a wine critic and co-editor.
This is a massive recognition to all the hard work we’ve been doing at our vineyards & in our winemaking process in the past couple of years, allowing us to add exciting new wines to our portfolio.
Additionally, we have 11 wines with 90+ points, including País Salvaje 2016 that scored 95 points and was honoured as the “Revelation Wine of the Year”. All the new wines launched recently (and a few that are to be launched yet) have performed quite impressively.
Canto Sur, Best in Show and Best Red Blend at Decanter
Canto Sur, 2015 vintage, was awarded with Platinum Medal – Best in Show, by Decanter World Wines Awards 2016, the largest wine competition in the world. The Best in Show is the most important trophy of this competition and only 35 wines from more than 16,000 wines tasted received it at DWWA 2016.
Also, Canto Sur (which obtained 95 points) was awarded by Decanter as the Best Red Blend under £15 of the competition, converting it as the same time in a world class wine and a superb Best Value.
Las Mercedes, Petit Verdot, between the four best Chilean Wines
Our Las Mercedes, Petit Verdot 2013, was awarded within the four best Chilean Wines with highest score in the 11th version of Vinos de Cordillera, getting 91 points out of 100. Vinos de Cordillera is a meeting between Chilean and Argentinian winemakers, where the best wines from each country are chosen. The 2015 version brought together more than 80 industry professionals, who visited the Maule Valley, including Bouchon’ vineyards and winery.
Revelation Wine and Revelation Brand in Descorchados 2016
Excellent results obtained in Guía Descorchados 2016, the wine ranking more recognized in Chile, also published also in Brazil, Colombia and USA. Patricio Tapia, his editor, is also a critic and editor for Wine & Spirits in Nueva York and Decanter in London.
Our just launched País Salvaje 2015 (92 points) was chosen as the Revelation Wine 2016: País Salvaje is very unique, a free-spirited wine made with País grapes from wild vines (www.paissalvaje.cl)
Also Viña Bouchon was chosen as the Revelation Brand 2016, with the brand “Canto”, composed by two red blends: Canto Sur 2015 (93 points) y Canto Norte 2015 (92 points).
Besides these two important recognitions, 14 wines obtained more than 90 points, including five wines in the ranking of the best of their categories (Visit our “Awards” section to see the scores)
We are very happy of these recognitions and points, which joined to the others obtained this year.
J.Bouchon, Block Series, Malbec 2013, wins Gold in 2015 International Wine and Spirit Competition – UK
J.Bouchon, Block Series, Malbec 2013 was awarded with gold medal in the 2015 International Wine and Spirit Competition – UK. Also, were awarded Las Mercedes, Ensamblaje 2013, and Las Mercedes, Singular, Petit Verdot 2013, with silver outstanding medal, and J.Bouchon, Mingre 2012, with silver medal. Founded in 1969, the IWSC is considered to be the most prestigious and unique competition of its kind in the world, in which the wines are tasted blind by expert panels, selected from over 300 fully experienced and qualified industry judges.
Decanter Magazine: Two Bouchons whitin 50 Top Wines under £13.00
Canto Sur 2014 and Cabernet Sauvignon Block Series 2012 (previously awarded by DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS with gold and silver medal, respectively), were selected by DECANTER MAGAZINE within 50 top wines of South America under £13.00.
Viña Bouchon organizes design contest for País Salvaje’s label
Viña Bouchon, together with Catholic University Design School and Chile Diseño, invited students and professionals to design País Salvaje first vintage’s label, a natural wine coming from wild vines, growing free in Mingre’s hills and creeks, coastal dry lands of Maule Valley. Competition results will be published on September 16 on the web www.paissalvaje.cl.
Thank you very much to all who participated! We welcome you to enjoy País Salvaje, which will be officially launched in October, dressed in the winning label!
Las Mercedes, Singular, Semillon 2014 has been awarded with gold medal by Catad’or Santiago 2015
Las Mercedes, Singular, Semillon, 2014, coming from vines of more than 70 years old, from the coastal dry lands of Maule Valley, has been awarded with gold medal by prestigious Catad’Or Santiago de Chile Wine Awards. This competition, which celebrates its 20 years, evaluates Chilean wines with a tasting panel composed by a rigorously selected international jury. This year the jury also visited our winery on the “Tour Catad’Or”
Good scores in VINOUS 2015 (ex Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar)
With Growing Diversity and Rising Quality, Josh Raynolds, renowned critic, titled his 2015 article after tasting wines from more than 60 national wineries. VINOUS, ex Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, gave this year very good scores to our wines, 90 points for Canto Norte 2014 and Block Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and 89 points for Canto Sur 2014.
Micro terroir project
Bouchon is working with Pedro Parra on a micro terroir project, aiming to identify and work separately its best vineyards of Mingre estate. Pedro is one of the most recognized terroir expert, being elected by Decanter magazine as one of the 50 persons most important in the wine industry worldwide. He had a Ph.D. from the Institut National Agronomique of Paris Grignon and a Master degree on Precision Agriculture from the same Institut. He has advised for more than 15 years to wineries in Chile, Argentina, Italy, Sonoma, Okanagan, Armenia, Uruguay and Burgundy, among others.
J.Bouchon, Canto Sur 2014 has been awarded with gold medal by Decanter -UK 2015
Canto Sur 2014, launched at beginning of this year, has been judged by the world’s best wine professionals in Decanter World Wine Awards 2015, one of the most important international wine competitions in the world, and has been awarded with gold medal. To this recognition, a new medal adds for our J.Bouchon, Cabernet Sauvignon Block Series 2012, this time recognized with a silver medal in the same competition.
“Las Mercedes” Launch
Last March 11th, in an event that took place in Kitchen Club, Santiago, Chile, attended by journalists and sommeliers, Julio, Juan and Maria Bouchon officially launched “Las Mercedes”, first wine project with their seal, which keeps family sense of belonging to Maule´s dry coastal terroir.
Conformed by an assemblage and five mono varietals named “Singular”, Las Mercedes has the clear intention that each variety expresses its place of origin.
Furthermore, in its elaboration they go back to the past with the use of old vines from dryland, without irrigation.
Launch of “Canto Norte” and “Canto Sur”
Viña Bouchon presented “Canto Norte” and “Canto Sur”, two new assemblages inspired on Bouchon’s family viticulture history and Maule Valley’s terroir, which come to join “J.Bouchon” portfolio. The launch took place on January 6th at Mingre, located in dry coastal area in the Maule Valley, to which attend journalists and friends.
Canto Norte 2014 is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, which commemorates the arrival in Chile of Emile Bouchon, French viticulturist from Bordeaux in the 19th century. It is a fruity wine, well balanced with medium body and long ending, perfect to enjoy with game birds and stews. Canto Sur 2014 is a blend of Carménère, Carignan and País, highlighting the typical dry coastal Maule valley varieties. It is a fruity and juicy wine, perfect to enjoy with pasta with meat sauce and paella.
Tim Atkin’s 92 points for 2013 Longavi Sauvignon Blanc
The renowned London journalist and Wine Master, Tim Atkin, awarded our 2013 Longaví Sauvignon blanc with 92 points. About the wine, produced with grapes from Leyda Valley, Tim said: “this is a wine that lives up its pre-release hype. Creamy, goosberry and nettley fruit with bags of texture and tangy acidity and a long, elegantly tropical finish with a touch of sweetness.”
Longaví is the joint venture between Viña Bouchon and Cederberg, South African winery led by winemaker David Nieuwoudt. Together with this Sauvignon blanc, a Pinot noir also from Leyda Valley will be on the market soon and at the end of 2015 the Cabernet sauvignon from Maule valley will be released.
New Viña Bouchon’ s chief winemaker
Felipe Ramirez has joined Viña Bouchon team as its new chief winemaker. Felipe studied Enology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica before earning his Masters of Science from the Agricultural School of Montpellier (ENSAM). He worked at renowned wineries and vineyards in Alsacia, Bordeaux, Cotes du Rhone, California and Oregon. Before joining Bouchon, he was Nativa’s chief winemaker, organic vineyards of Santa Rita, for five years.
Along with Felipe’s arrival, David Nieuwoudt, renowned South African winemaker, has joined the team as consulting winemaker and together with Bouchon family is developing the Longaví project. David has dedicated more than twenty years to viticulture and his wines has been recognized repeatedly by Decanter magazine and other worldwide prestigious publications.
Descorchados 2015: Excellent results for Bouchon
Viña Bouchon achieved high and consistent results in Descorchados 2015, the most recognized Chilean wine guide from journalist Patricio Tapia, who is also critic and editor for New York’s Wine & Spirits magazine.
Among scores obtained by Bouchon, the best ones were 92 points 2012 Block Series Cabernet Sauvignon, 91 points 2012 Block Series Malbec, 91 points red blend 2014 Canto Sur, 91 points our iconic 2011 Mingre and 90 points red blend 2014 Canto Norte. Meanwhile, Longaví wines, from the joint venture between Bouchon and Cederberg, obtained 91 points 2014 Longaví Sauvignon blanc and 90 points 2013 Longaví Pinot noir.
Viña Bouchon presents new image
After months of work, Viña Bouchon officially presented on September 3rd its new image and portfolio, in a event that took place in the Polo Club San Cristobal, Santiago, and to which assisted sommeliers, gastronomic critics, personalities of the wine industry, owners of restaurants, journalists and friends of the winery. At the occasion, the attendees tasted the new vintage of J. Bouchon wines.
The new image of the cellar is now grouped under the name of “Bouchon Family Wines”. The new portfolio includes the brand “J. Bouchon”, with the lines Reserva, the renamed “Block Series” and the iconic wine Mingre, as well as “Longaví”, recently created under a joint venture with the South African cellar Cederberg and a new premium brand that will be launched soon.
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J. Bouchon’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Given 90 Points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Once again Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, one of the most well-read wine publications in the world, recognizes the quality and excellence of J. Bouchon’s wines.
This time around, our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon has been awarded 90 Points. Made from grapes carefully selected from parcels of less than two hectares, this wine is a true expression of its terroir – fresh but complex, with smooth, elegant tannins, and barrel-aged without letting the oak overpower the fruit.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate has also awarded 88 points to our iconic 2009 Mingre blend, while our Canto Norte and Canto Sur, both from 2012, were rated at 88 and 86 points respectively.
Bouchon and South African Vineyard Cederberg Launch Joint Sauvignon Blanc Venture
Bouchon, with more than a century of family winemaking experience under the same label, has reached a new landmark in the story of the vineyard and that of the Chilean wine industry in general.
In collaboration with Cederberg, one of South Africa’s most prestigious wineries on the international level, Julio Bouchon has teamed up with David Nieuwoudt, named Top South African Winemaker of 2013. Their 2013 Longaví Sauvignon Blanc is the first fruit of their collective labor.
Longaví Sauvignon Blanc is made with select grapes from the Leyda Valley and vinified at the Bouchon winery. Production is limited to 5,000 bottles.
A bright greenish yellow in color, with herbs, white flowers, asparagus, tomato leaf and yellow pepper in the nose, this wine has a fresh palate with sharp acidity and reflects the light, mineral qualities of the Leyda Valley.
The 2013 Longaví Sauvignon Blanc is just the start of a larger project which will eventually include two more wines: a Pinot Noir, also from the Leyda Valley, and a Maule Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Bouchon Family Reorganizes Itself to Reach Their Full Potential as Winemakers
Selecting Juan José Bouchon as General Manager was an important step for Bouchon. Juan José returns to the vineyard after working in the Ministry of Finance in the Piñera administration as Assistant Manager of the Competitiveness Office and head of the cabinet of ex-Minister Félix de Vicente.
Juan José’s brother Julio, on the other hand, has taken over as Executive Director of the family vineyard. The two brothers belong to the 4th generation of the Bouchons to make wine in France and Chile. They and their sister María Ignacia are the children of Julio Antonio Bouchon, President of Bouchon.
The vineyard, which is made up of nearly 300 planted hectares located mostly in the Maule Valley with a small percentage in the Colchagua Valley further north, has reinforced its executive team and is now working on re-launching the brand with a new, innovative image.