A budding leaf of new Carmenere growth bursts from a pruned cane. Carmenere has accidentally become Chile’s signature grape. Imported early in the 19th Century to Chile by Bordeaux wine growers, it was mistaken for Merlot for more than a century before being properly identified for what it was. Carmenere is one of the more ancient French grape varieties, and is suspected of being an early clonal variety of Cabernet Franc. Despite being one of the historic components of Bordeaux, it is now grown almost exclusively in Chile. — Alder Yarrow
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