Viu Manent Viu 1
WHY WE LOVE IT
- This, one of Chile’s most iconic example of Malbec, is produced from Centennial Malbec vines. A worthy tribute to the memory of who conceived it, Don Miguel Viu Manent.
Varietal Composition: Malbec 98%, Petit Verdot 2%
Elaboration: Upon arriving at the cellar, the fruit underwent a second selection to remove any remaining leaves or irregularly ripened bunches. The grapes were destemmed before being inspected a third time to eliminate any remaining leaves and damaged berries. The grapes then underwent an 8-day pre-fermentation cold maceration at 8ºC. Alcoholic fermentation took place with selected yeasts in small stainless steel tanks at 26º–28ºC with one pumpover per day. Total maceration time was 27 days. The new wine was racked to oak barrels, where malolactic fermentation occurred naturally. The wine was aged in 80% new French oak barrels for 16 months and was then bottled without filtering to conserve all of its concentration and character.
Tasting Notes: Deep and intense violet-cherry red in color. The character of this wine is expressed with notes of plums, blackcurrants, blueberries, violets, and wildflowers, with a subtle note of fine leather. The complex palate has tremendous texture and depth and is very flavorful, fresh, elegant, vibrant, and mineral, with a long finish. This is an authentic wine that is very expressive of its place of origin.
2010 – 92 Wine Spectator
2011 – 92 Wine Advocate | 93 Wine Enthusiast
2012 – 92 James Suckling | 92 Wine Spectator
2013 – 93 James Suckling
2014 – 91 James Suckling | 93+ Wine Advocate
2017 – 93 James Suckling | 93 Wine Advocate
2019 – 93 James Suckling | 94 Vinous
After working as a wine merchant alongside his father and brother since the 1930’s, Miguel Viu Manent made the decision to branch out on his own in 1965, purchasing a historic vineyard and winery in Chile’s Colchagua Valley. The estate was and still is one of the most well-exposed sites in the region, and it included 150 hectares of pre-phylloxera massal selections from France.
This company provides us with wines we consider the best value wines in the country (see “Reserva line), forward/experimental options (see “Secreto” line), some of the most solid “under $20” varietal wines you’ll find anywhere in the world (see “Gran Reserva” line), site specific/terroir driven releases (see “Single Vineyard” wines), and most famously the iconic “Viu 1.” Malbec is clearly the house specialty here – Viu Manent was the first Chilean winery to bottle, label, and market Malbec, and they’ve for years been Chile’s Malbec leaders both in terms of accolades and quantity produced.
After nearly 100 years this firm is still family owned and operated (a rarity in Chile, especially for a winery of this size), all farming is certified sustainable, and two of Chile’s top names consult with the winery on a permanent basis – Roberto Pizarro (vineyard management) and Paul Hobbs (winemaking).