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The Carménère is a black grape originally from the French region of Medoc, which many consider to be a mutation of Cabernet Sauvignon, and which is also known as Grand Vidure. Some even think that Petit Verdot is a variety of Carmenere. It was introduced in South America in the 1950s, where it is now extensively cultivated, mainly in Chile. There are also cultivars in the U.S. (California), Italy and New Zealand. It is not widely grown in France these days, due to the phylloxera epidemic that attacked and destroyed the vines in 1867. The wines are purplish-red in colour and have remarkable flavors, with notes of red fruits, spices and moist soil. With softer tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon, wines obtained from this variety are medium-bodied. It is often used to blend with other varieties, but there are some with interesting smoky aromas and flavours of cherries, with hints of chocolate, tobacco and leather. The best way to enjoy it is as a young wine.

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