Pipeño País, "Portezuelo," Louis-Antoine Luyt
Staff Pick
Organic

Pipeño País, "Portezuelo," Louis-Antoine Luyt - 2019

Item # 31147 1L
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Color
Red
Vintage
Country
Region
Grape Variety

Production Methods

Organic

Organic

Practicing Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.


Tasting Notes

Your expectations about Chilean wines are about to be challenged with this lively red wine. Louis-Antoine Luyt is a Frenchman (and good friends with Mathieu Lapierre) who works alongside small growers and owners of prime plots of vines to create wines that exemplify the best traits of the native grapes of the region. The País grape is native to Chile and is akin to a Beaujolais in body. Fresh, joyful and unoaked.


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Staff Pick Notes

I love what you could call "farmer wine" or "vin de soif." The casual, inexpensive, fresh-and-ready red wines that they themselves would make and drink with the staff dinners or harvest celebrations. Gulpable, juicy, and light. Louis Antoine Luyt, an Oenology graduate in Beaune who fled to Chile to become a dishwasher (and eventually a winemaker in his own right) now works with local growers to help them bottle and export these delicious wines to a greater (and grateful) audience around the world. This liter bottle is 100% Pais, a variety grown extensively in Chile but almost never seen outside the country's borders. This is Pais from 250 year old vines--that means it drinks like a very smoky Beaujolais with a savory edge, and will do great with a slight chill.

- JON

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