Chilean wine went up against the best, and came out on top. Errázuiz winery, located in the Valle de Aconcagua, 60 miles north of Santiago, went toe to toe with classic vintages like Bordeaux Premiers Grands Crus Classés in a blind taste test in Seoul in June dubbed “The World’s Icons Judgment.”
The contest, held on June 7, had a unique vertical format, lining up 20 years worth of vintages in order to showcase the world-class aging potential of the various wineries. The result was a major moment for Errázuiz and for Chilean wine in general.
More than 60 of Korea’s best wine critics and sommeliers pronounced Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve 2009 the favorite wine, and Seña 1997 in second place, ahead of Château Margaux 2003. The Chilean winery took the rest of the top ten spots, with the only exception coming in at ninth place with the tie of Château Latour 2006 and Château Lafite 1995.
“It’s a fantastic result for Chilean wines, and at Viña Errázuriz we are most proud of our team’s achievements because this shows once again that Chilean wines — our 2009 Don Maximiano on this occasion — are at the top of Korean connoisseur’s preferences, competing with the most famous wines in the world,” Viña Errázuriz President Eduardo Chadwick said. “Moreover, this time we tasted vintages from the last 20 years, which demonstrated the great consistency and ageing potential of Chilean wines.”
The Seoul competition is one in a series of Berlin Tasting contests held around the world at different wine capitals. The Korean event was led by Chadwick and Mina Choi, the editor-in-chief and executive director of Wine Review Magazine, Korea’s premiere wine publication.
Chilean wines have continued to gain more and more attention. Recently, The Great Wine Capitals Global Network named Chile’s Valparaíso and Casablanca Valley as the tenth wine capital in the world, adding Chile to a list that includes such famous wine destinations as Spain’s Bilbao and Rioja region, Bordeaux in France and Mendoza in Argentina.