A score of scores for Bodega DiamAndes:
Bodega DiamAndes has been making its mark on the world of wine this year, most notably due to its recent ratings in wine publications such as Wine Enthusiast (93/100) and Wine Advocate (92+), for its Gran Reserva 2008. The 2011 Viognier also made quite an impression: it received a Silver Medal in the International Wine Challenge 2013 and an Outstanding Values score of 91 by Parker who also rated the 2011 Chardonnay 89. The winery, built by the Bonnie family of Château Malartic Lagravière fame in Bordeaux, has been attracting wine professionals and aficionados for a couple of years now with its stunning setting at the foot of the Andes mountains. It is located in the Uco Valley as part of the Mendoza wine region of Argentina. Wine Enthusiast describes this wine as “a rich, ripe wine,” and, also, “a stunner.” Aside from its high score, it was also labeled as an “Editor’s Choice.” This is the summer of Bodega DiamAndes and the Bonnie family would love for you to share that with them!
Originally from Belgium, Alfred-Alexandre Bonnie and his wife Michèle first invested in Bordeaux in 1996 to find a low-key activity for their retirement years after a successful career in advertising. They purchased Château Malartic Lagravière, Grand Cru Classé de Graves, followed by Château Gazin Roquencourt in 2005. What began as a hobby soon became a second career for the Bonnies, who soon included their 2 heirs to run the business: their son Jean-Jacques with his wife Séverine, and later their eldest daughter Véronique with her husband Bruno. After the success and joy of this Bordeaux venture, the couple decided to expand and invest in 130 hectares of vineyards in Argentina as part of Michel Rolland’s Clos de Los Siete project. Bodega DiamAndes was inaugurated in December 2010.
The start of summer opens up the possibility of many entertainment opportunities and the occasion to share good wines with friends. Besides highly rated Grand Reserva, a blend of 75% Malbec for its luscious fruit and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon for structure, which will always make an impressive hostess gift and 4th of July treat, Bodega DiamAndes offers some refreshing varietal wines, including 2 whites: Chardonnay and a Viognier. The former will accompany a true Texas style BBQ or grilled steak any day, while the unique and elegant whites will be perfect as an aperitif to start the meal or paired with lighter fare of seafood and fresh summer salads. Meanwhile, for every BBQ this summer, little sister Perlita will be sure to please the crowds with its round fruits and soft texture.