Region: Maule Valley
Type: Red Wine
Pipeño is derogatory slang for peasant wine, usually made with the Paìs grape. Here L-A highlights unique terroirs and farmers: each bottle sports the name of a sub-region, and is either purchased fruit he's vinified or finished wine made by the farmer. The fermentations take place in traditional, open-top lagars (vats), and are made in the light, easy drinking style typical of what the farmers produce for their everyday consumption. All of Louis-Antoine's Pipeños come in one liter bottles, and are of extraordinary value for the quality.
Fruit comes from organic, dry-farmed bush vines 200 to 300 years old on iron-rich heavy clay soils with granite and quartz in the Coronel del Maule sub-zone of the Maule region. The bunches are harvested by hand and manually destemmed; fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts in open wooden lagares; and aged briefly in in large wooden tanks called pipas (from which the name “pipeño” is derived), with part of it aged 2 months in stainless steel and clay tinajas. Perez does a saignée to concentrate the red. The wine receives a very small amount of sulfur and a gentle filtration before bottling.
The Coronel del Maule is the smokiest of the Luyt pipeños, with a distinctly agave-like vegetal quality. Bruised strawberry and stewed cranberry fruit lend a bit of juiciness to soften up this robust Louis-Antoine Luyt Louis-Antoine Luyt País.