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French winemaking in Argentina: Bodega Monteviejo

We're French, darling...

French winemaking is certainly well represented in Mendoza, Argentina, from charming boutique winery Carinae, to elegant Alta Vista to aristocratic Bodega Monteviejo. Bodega Monteviejo is part of the Clos de los Siete, a project including famed winemaker and consultant Michel Rolland. The winery is owned by Catherine Péré-Vergé from France.

About Bodega, Monteviejo

Like many wineries in Mendoza, Bodega Monteviejo is relatively new: its first harvest was in 2002. Located in the beautiful Uco Valley with a view of the Andean cordillera, the winery exudes the elegance you would expect from a French-owned winery.

Wines from Bodega Monteviejo

Our tasting included the 2007 Festivo, a rosé made from Cabernet and Malbec which is the winery's first. A decent value at US$25 was the 2005 Monteviejo, a blend of Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet, and Merlot (the percentages are 60, 20, 10, 10). The blend spent 14 months in new French barrels and was nice and smooth with some great complexity. While they were certainly tasty, the winery's top wines at US$50 Lindaflor and Val de Flores did not make the list of Argentine splurge-worthy wines. Because of the fame of the winemaker and owner, the prices seemed unjustifiably inflated.