One of Chile’s most famous fine wines, Seña, today released a historic and landmark vintage from its cellars via La Place de Bordeaux.
The wine, from the 2009 vintage, sold for €90 ex-negociant and comes in a handcrafted box made from lenga, a popular Chilean wood from southern Patagonia.
Not only has the vintage benefited from more than 10 years of aging in perfect conditions in Chile since bottling, but it also comes from a pivotal year – it was the 2009 vintage that took first place at the a comparative blind tasting in Zurich in 2012, beating a set of rival fine wines, including the five Premiers Crus Classés of Bordeaux.
Seña was launched in 1997 with the 1995 vintage and is made by the Chilean company Viñedos Familia Chadwick, which is the holding company for a set of other Chilean wine brands, including Errázuriz, Viñedo Chadwick and Arboleda.
Seña is a Cabernet blend born out of discussions between the late California great Robert Mondavi and Viñedos Familia Chadwick President Eduardo Chadwick in 1991.
Seña is modeled after the concept of a French chateau, using grapes from its own estate – which is located in a remote and unspoilt part of the Aconcagua Valley, which is currently grown using biodynamic methods.
Although Seña is made from Bordeaux grapes, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, it retains a distinct Chilean identity, not only because of its source, but also by employing the country’s signature Carmenère grape in the great wine.
Seña 2009 was described by its winemaker, Francisco Baettig, as “very complex” and “showing beautifully today, after more than ten years of aging”.
He said that “the nose reveals multiple layers of spicy, subtle oak, chocolate, tobacco and cigar box notes, while being incredibly fruity as it opens up, with hints of ripe raspberry. and cherry”.
Continuing, he commented: “The palate is round but shows lively acidity on the finish. This vintage displays excellent density and length with great structure and seductive perfectly ripe tannins with a smooth, silky mouthfeel.
While he added that the 2009 is “ready to drink now”, he also remarked that it could be kept “for another five years”.
According to Baettig, 2009 was classified as a warm, dry and early vintage, which produced dense and powerful wines, with great concentration and richness, fine tannins and juicy acidity.
Seña 2009: the facts
- Blend: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon 21% Carmenère 16% Merlot 6% Petit Verdot 3% Cabernet Franc
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Ageing: 22 months in 100% new French oak barrels
- Price: 90€ excluding trader
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