2017 Louis-Antoine Luyt Margarita Flores 'Chicha Seca' Rosado
Region: Maule Valley < Chile
Grapes: País (aka Mission)
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming, dry-farmed, 250- year-old own-rooted vines on volcanic soil at 2400 foot elevation, fermented in traditional open-top vats called ‘lagares’; bottled unfined/unfiltered with no added SO2; 378 cases; 11.5% ABV
Winemaker: Luis-Antoine Luyt
Burgundy native Louis-Antoine Luyt has become an important voice in the fight for independent, terroir-driven winemaking in Chile. In a country where wine production is run almost entirely by huge industrial wineries, Luyt has managed to source fruit and rent vines from independent farmers throughout the Maule Valley. He insists on dry farming, horse plowing, organic viticulture and native yeast/intervention free winemaking, and makes the only line of Chilean wines following the European model of using the same varietal to highlight different terroirs. This killer rosado is made of Pais (the grape also known as Mission, also used in the Pipeno bottlings) from volcanic soils. Which 100% comes through on the palate - it's crazy, flinty pink volcano juice tastes like cold-pressed sour cherries, tar and flint, and raspberry Sour Patch kids. Sounds strange, but it totally works. Louis-Antoine is no longer making Margarita Flores, so this is the last vintage - if you're a fan of volcanic wines, you need to try a bottle!