Montsecano

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Country of Origin: Chile
Location: Casablanca Valley
People: Julio Donoso & André Ostertag, Owners & Winemakers
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

Items

Montsecano 2016 Estate Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley Login WA 94+ In Stock
Montsecano 2018 Pinot Noir, Refugio Vineyard, Casablanca Login WA 94 In Stock
Montsecano 2019 Pinot Noir, Refugio Vineyard, Casablanca Login In Stock
Montsecano 2017 'Migrante' Pinot Noir/Malbec, Casablanca Login In Stock

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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."

Reviews

  • Montsecano 2018 Pinot Noir, Refugio Vineyard, Casablanca
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (2/28/2020)

    The 2018 Refugio Pinot Noir also follows the line of the 2018 Montsecano. It is fresher and from a cooler vintage when the grapes were picked a little less ripe and the maceration was shortened. The nose is spectacular, a mix of wild herbs, flowers and berries, some rose petals and even a touch of citrus peel, coming through as aromatic and fresh. The palate is perhaps a tad lighter than previous vintages and perhaps a little more "natural." But it has very good complexity, developing aromas of violets with time in the glass, and it has lots of freshness and balance.
  • Montsecano 2016 Estate Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94+ (4/28/2017)

    One of the best vintages of the grand vin here has to be the eponymous 2016 Montsecano, produced 100% with Pinot Noir from the zone of Las Dichas in Casablanca. The vines were planted in 2006 on red clay and granite soils and, as all the wines here, sees no oak whatsoever; it fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and was kept in egg-shaped cement vats until bottling in February 2017. This is simply delicious. This is not a Burgundy Pinot Noir, there is always a touch of rusticity here, an earthy touch. This is a pure Pinot Noir; it slowly opens up in the glass to an intoxicating mixture of wild flowers and herbs, with that rustic touch. The palate has very fine-grained tannins, tasty and long. I think this captures the intensity of the people that work here.