Concha y Toro’s Don Melchor brand has added another accolade to its consistent trajectory. In his latest report, prominent wine critic James Suckling gave the Don Melchor 2019 vintage a 98-point score after tasting over 1,000 wines from Chile. “Very scented and aromatic with black currant, sweet tobacco, and a Spanish cedar character. Full-bodied with ultra-fine tannins give it structure on the palate and bring fruit and other flavors for a lasting finish. More refined than the perfect 2018 and almost as convincing,” details Suckling.
This recognition reaffirms the solid trajectory already carved by Chile’s first iconic wine. Don Melchor’s 2019, 2018, and 2017 vintages have the three highest scores ever given by James Suckling to a bottle of Chilean wine.
Don Melchor winemaker and technical director Enrique Tirado made this vintage with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the Puente Alto terroir in the Alto Maipo Valley, which is an intense cherry red color with tremendous aromatic complexity and a great expression of fruit. It is highly concentrated and persistent on the palate and fresh, with soft, fine, delicate tannins and an excellent balance.
The hard work that goes into making Don Melchor lies in the winemaking and agricultural teams’ dedication to understanding every detail of the vineyard, meticulously studying its soils, interpreting the expression of the terroir and respecting the vineyard’s essence in each of the wine processes. This makes Don Melchor the ultimate reflection of excellence and dedication. The permanent obsession with details, the maximum expression of a trade. Viña Don Melchor’s CEO and winemaker, Enrique Tirado, has skillfully balanced the different expressions of this extraordinary terroir, interpreting its essence and masterfully capturing the richness of Puente Alto, one of the most privileged terroirs in the world.
Don Melchor 2018 is an extraordinary vintage in the history of Don Melchor, not only receiving 100 points – the perfect score – from US critic James Suckling, the highest score a wine can receive, but its winemaker has also called it a perfect vintage, marking a true milestone for the brand and the Chilean wine industry. With this historic score of 100 points by James Suckling, Don Melchor consolidates its position as one of the great high-end Cabernet Sauvignons in the world.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
“Very scented and aromatic with black currant, sweet tobacco, and a Spanish cedar character. Full-bodied with ultra-fine tannins give it structure on the palate and bring fruit and other flavors for a lasting finish. More refined than the perfect 2018 and almost as convincing,”
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