Sommeliers International: An Art-House Wine from the Other Side of the World
Montsecano is a collaboration between Julio Donoso of Chile and André Ostertag of Domaine Ostertag in Alsace. Julio Donoso, a famous fashion photographer, met André in the early 90s while shooting a story on him. Friends for many years, Julio convinced André to travel to Chile and see his family's property. For André, it was love at first sight. It has been said that he even teared a little while viewing the property. André joined forces with Julio immediately after the trip.
Montsecano is a biodynamic estate consisting of two hillside, granitic, small vineyards in the Casablanca Valley. A minimal approach is used in the horse-plowed vineyard and winery. The wines are made exclusively in stainless steel micro tanks or concrete egg fermenters. No oak is used. The small production consists of two Pinot Noirs, which are quickly being recognized as the benchmark for South American Pinot.
Montsecano is a member of Chanchos Deslenguados.
Wine Advocate 4/2017
"Montsecano is the name of the Pinot Noir-based project in Casablanca of Alsace's André Ostertag and his Chilean friends. They produce some of the variety's best wines in Chile. 2016 is the first year when André had the help of his son, Arthur, who brought some new ideas, like the use of some 20% full clusters and the use of two or three pressings. In that challenging year they were able to harvest all the grapes before the rains. It has to be one of the best vintages of Montsecano."