The Bouchon history begins with an adventurous young French vigneron’s dream almost a century and a half ago. In the spring of 1887, Emile Bouchon left his small hometown of Arveyres, on the outskirts of Bordeaux to board a ship to Chile where a winemaking job was waiting for him. Eventually, he came to own an antique wine cellar in the Colchagua Valley, turning it into one of the most prominent vineyards of that era. The tradition was then passed down for generations.
The story comes full circle when Emile’s grandson, Julio, traveled to Bordeaux in the late 1970’s to study oenology and then returned to Chile to apply his newfound knowledge. His pursuit of granitic soils and old vines led him to the interior, dry area of the Maule Valley where he purchased a remote property with old, dry-farmed vineyards, cement tanks and simple adobe structures dating to the mid 1800’s. Thus J. Bouchon winery was born.
Canto Sur is a classic, medium plus bodied red made from a blend of 50% Carmenere, 25% Carignan and 25% Pais from 50+ year old vines located in the dry, rocky interior of the Chile’s Maule Valley. Dry-farmed, horse-plowed, sustainably produced and aged for 4 months in concrete, it’s both rustic and fresh with flavors of wild red and black berries, earthiness, balanced acidity, and firm, dry dusty tannins on the finish. Enjoy with steak, sticky bbq spare ribs or aged hard cheeses.