Although Carmenere was born in Bordeaux and grown there for hundreds of years, it is for all intensive purposes extinct in the region. It is however, thriving in Chile.
The Chilean wine industry has met with both local and international success making varietal Carmenere wines as well as Carmenere blends using Cabernet Sauvignon as a blending agent.
This is a grape which sprung on the international scene when the Chilean wine industry started exporting easy drinking bottles starting at around $5. Although they no longer survive in quite that price point alone, there are still great value bottles sitting under $10 and plenty of truly world class wines being made at higher price points.