Montsecano is a small-scale, artisan Pinot Noir project from the cool-climate Casablanca region in Chile. It's the brainchild of four friends, all of whom live, or have lived, in France. Brilliant Alsatian Andre Ostertag makes the wine, and is joined in the venture by Julio Donoso, a Chilean photographer who lived in exile in France. The quartet is rounded out by Álvaro Yáñez, another Chilean photographer living in France, and the entrepreneur Javier de la Fuente. Together they planted 5.5 hectares of vines on the granitic hillsides of Secano Costero which they farm biodynamically and vinify in concrete eggs and stainless steel, with no additions save a pinch of sulphur.
Andre Ostertag's father founded the domain back in 1966 and handed him the keys to the cellar in 1980, when he was 21.
He sees wine as a language that speaks to the senses of sight, smell, taste and touch - and one that calls upon the grower's critical faculties, as well as memory (and memories). His winemaking is a "very soft process" that relies exclusively on preserving the living matter - slowly shaping the wine over a long time. Pressing is a soft, slow and long process (eight to 12 hours), fermentations are slow and natural, wines are kept on their lees for quite a while, and well-considered rackings are used to let wines breathe.