Roberto Henríquez, País Franco (2021)
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A pure expression of País with a rustic elegance to it. País Franco refers to the ancient ungrafted ("piè franco") País vines and at the same time the honest, frank expression of País. The vines are over 200-year-old, bush trained, and planted in an old riverbed with sandy volcanic soil. The site is less than a kilometer from the Bío Bío river.
Smoky red currant and cherry with notes of clove, orange peel, and cinnamon.
Roberto Henríquez studied agronomy and enology at the University of Concepción and then traveled the world to work with different winemakers including the iconic Rene Mosse in the Loire Valley. Mosse had a big impact on Roberto and upon returning to Chile he chose to farm organic and biodynamically. Inspired by Mosse, it only made sense to adopt the same winemaking techniques of the original Chilean farmers by respecting the land and making low intervention wine.