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The Carmenere grape variety was once heavily planted in the Bordeaux region of southwestern France . This variety is one of the six varieties that are allowed for use in making red wines in Bordeaux.  Because of problems ripening the crop each year, Carmenere is now almost impossible to find in Bordeaux. 

Today, it is most used in Chile where it was imported in 1850.  It was originally mistaken for Merlot and continues to often be mislabeled in Chile as Merlot .

Carmenere is a good blending grape but makes undistinguished wines when bottled as a single varietal. It's wines are very soft and mellow and do not age well. In recent years, many Chilean wineries have bottled Carmenere by itself but these wines are rarely worth the money in relation to many other red wines.