Our artist from CHILE
Because great wines are the combination of soil, grapes and workmanship.
Winemaker Sebastián Labbé is known for his warmth and simplicity. He joined Carmen in 2005, when he formed part of the young and motivated enological team, with whom he has dedicated much time to exploring Chile’s wine regions and different vinification techniques to reveal the authentic expression of each variety.
Sebastián was born in Chile, and his youthful desire to travel the world led him to New Zealand, where he studied Viticulture and Enology at Lincoln University. Upon completing his studies, he worked as an assistant winemaker at Tyrrell’s Wines in Australia and Margrain Vineyard, a boutique winery in Martinborough, New Zealand focused on producing white wines and Pinot Noir.
ALTO MAIPO VALLEY
It has a Mediterranean climate with tremendous daily temperature oscillation and soils with excellent drainage and moisture retention, which allow the grapes to develop fruity notes and balanced acidity.
The Cabernet Sauvignon is elegant with ripe tannins and aromas of cherries and blackcurrants. The Merlot offers aromas and flavors of blackberries and other black fruits and good structure. The Syrah is rich, concentrated, and elegant with tremendous character.
Its climate is warm, with temperatures that are high during the day and moderate at night, which enables the grapes to ripen well while maintaining proper acidity.
The Carmenere has velvety tannins and low acidity with fruity aromas predominated by plums, cherries, and blackberries that accentuate its spicy character. The Cabernet Sauvignon is concentrated with excellent aromas of ripe red and black fruits, blackcurrants, blackberries, and cherries with a touch of mint.
Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean enables the grapes to ripen slowly with a greater concentration of aromas and flavors.
The Sauvignon Blanc from this zone is refreshing and fruity with mineral aspects and good natural acidity. The Pinot Noir offers aromas of strawberries, blackberries, and spices with earthy notes and minerals that lend elegance.
Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the sea breezes that reach the coast lower the temperatures in the valley during the growing season and encourage the grapes to ripen slowly and achieve the best expression of aromas and concentration of flavors.
The Sauvignon Blanc produced in this zone is very fruity with a pronounced citrus character, excellent acidity, and tremendous persistence. The Chardonnay is characterized by its aromas of fruits such as apricots and peaches with a mineral edge.
The soil encourages the roots to dig deep, and the warm, dry climate with little influence from cold winds improves the concentration of the fruit.
The Cabernet Sauvignon ahs great body and aromas of red and black fruits such as blackcurrants, blackberries, and cherries with a touch of mint. The Syrah has a spicy and floral character with notes of berries and elegant natural acidity. The Carmenere has smooth tannins and low acidity with flavors of red fruits with notes of smoke and spices.