don melchor cabernet sauvignon 2017
This is the 30th vintage of this award-winning Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon by winemaker Enrique Tirado.
The grapes for this wine come from the Puente Alto Vineyard in the Alto Maipo Valley, at the foot of the Andes and 650 m above sea level, internationally recognized as one of the best terroirs in the world.
This vineyard's particular typicity paired with the vision of the celebrated French winemaker Jacques Boissenot- who has participated in every vintage of Don Melchor since it began in 1987- have achieved not only the best red wine that Chile can produce, but also a wine that is able to express its own identity and origin- the Puente Alto terroir- placing it among the great wines of Europe.
This recognition confirms once again that Don Melchor is one of the greatest examples of Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon and of Puente Alto as one of the best origins for producing international level wines from this variety.
VARIETY : 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc.
VINEYARD : Puente Alto, Alto Maipo Valley.
HARVEST : Hand picked, from April 22 through May 27.
SOIL : Alluvial.
CLIMATE : Semi-Arid Mediterranean.
AGING : 15 months in French oak barrels.
COLOUR : Deep cherry red.
AROMA : Elegant and complex, brimming with notes of black currants and spice complemented by chocolate and tobacco.
PALATE : Soft tannins give way to evolving freshness with an elegant, persistent finish.
"Fantastic aromas of blackcurrants and other dark fruit with crushed stone, iron and oysters, following through to a full body that shows incredible energy and depth, offering ripe yet fresh fruit, together with bright herbs and earth. Precision and balance of the intensity of the vintage. Layered. Perhaps the greatest Don Melchor ever made. Try after 2022."
99 points, James Suckling
"Created in 1987 by the Guilisasti family of Concha y Toro, ViÃ±a Don Melchor marks its 30th anniversary with this vintage; as of last year, the winery is independent. The statuesque, broad-shouldered red (98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc) offers up an impressive nose of tar, chocolate, and espresso. The body is ultra-plush, with notes of cedar and broad, generous strokes of violets, black olives, and black pepper. It's a great example of sophistication and power."
97 points, Tasting Panel
"Suave, complex and elegant, with fine-grained tannins supporting the dried cherry, red plum and currant flavors. Cedar and forest floor notes show midpalate, leading to a long finish of cocoa powder and baker's chocolate details, accented by hints of apple wood smoke and white pepper. Drink now through 2032."
95 points, Wine Spectator
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