Casillero del Diablo is probably the most well known Chilean brand in the whole world. I can’t remember the first vintage I tasted, but I liked them early on, and then less and less as my palate evolved. I have not tasted any in the last 7 years or so and spotting it on the shelves of Tesco made me nostalgic for the old times.
Sweet cassis and petrol – it’s all about the unmistakeable Chilean character, and less about Cabernet. Definitely unlike its Bordeaux cousins, forget that elegance and refined structure. But it’s a solid wine, not concentrated but neither forced or too syrupy. It’s balanced actually, dry, drinks quite well.
Rating: good, 84 points.
Price: 2400 HUF (6,6€) in Hungary, around 8-9€ in Europe, £6-8.00 in UK.
Stockists: Tesco and many more.
Value: a bit pricey, there are better wines out there for this price.
Tasted: January, 2021.
Source: own purchase.
Drinking window: now-2023.