Black grape variety, either spelt Carménère or Carmenere. Records show that it was successfully cultivated in Bordeaux in the 18th century, where it showed potential. While still found occasionally in Bordeaux, today, its prime location is undoubtedly Chile, where the wines produced have reached cult-like status. Grafting onto a low yielding root-stock has effectively produced highly concentrated and complex grapes. Vines in Italy thought to be Petit Verdot were correctly identified as being Carmenère, it is now used as a blending wine in Veneto, as single varietal DOC,DOCG and IGT wines are not permitted.

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