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  • Chile 2022 Ag. Grillos Cantores "Mi Nena" Itata Corinto

2022 Ag. Grillos Cantores "Mi Nena" Itata Corinto

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In 2019, Paco Leyton of Clos des Fous met the 70 something year-old José Neira and visited the vineyard planted by his grandfather over 150 years ago. Paco fell in love with these head-trained bush vines of corinto (aka Chasselas) located in the La Leonora subregion of Guarilihue. The single vineyard (1.5 hectares) sits on a steep slope of white silt, sand, and granitic soil, littered with mica and a high concentration of quartz. The vines are non-irrigated, plowed by hand, and naturally farmed. The steep terrain enables the vines to grow deep roots and produce complex, balanced wines that are vertical and mineral-driven. He also produces a version of corinto with flor, and eventually, he hopes to take advantage of of the red grapes on the property (pais, cinsault, and aramon) to create a blend in the future. Given chasselas is usually encountered in the Vosges or the Swiss Alps, it's easy to imagine pairing this wine with hard mountain cheese, which we wouldn't argue about. Beyond that, this makes a great apéritif and quite a versatile pairing wine.