Finding a brand of high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon that is consistently good every year and costs $20 or less here in the Cayman Islands is difficult. But it’s not impossible.
One of Concha y Toro’s wine lines, Marques de Casa Concha, consistently gets ratings of 90 or above and its typical retail price is $20 here. This is a big, well-structured red wine with rich fruit flavours and a silky texture. It is a wine for red meat, game or strong cheeses. It really is everything a red wine lover can want, without the big price.
So how can Concha y Toro sell a very good Cab for less than other wine producers? Efficiencies of scale is one of the main reasons. Concha y Toro is not only the largest wine producer in Chile, it’s the largest producer of wine in Latin America and one of the largest producers in the world. Although much of the wine Concha y Toro sells falls in the category of premium wine, it produces wines at various quality points. The Marques de Casa Concha line is part of its fine wine collection, a level that offers high quality at a good price point.
Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon is a versatile red wine that is inexpensive enough to drink as a weeknight “house” wine and good enough for a weekend meal.
This month, the value is even better at West Indies Wine Company, where the Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are both on sale for a sweet price of CI$16.99.
You can taste both of these wines plus others at the “Chilean Wines” Somm Series event at West Indies Wine Company on 18 July. Tickets are available at West Indies Wine Company.