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A historic variety once heavily planted in Bordeaux, Carmenère was one of the six varieties allowed for use in making red Bordeaux wines. Because of the low yields and ripening problems, it was almost completely abandoned in Bordeaux, but it has found a new home in Chile. Imported in 1850, it was mislabeled as Merlot until 1991. Carmenère produces deeply colored, full-bodied wines.