Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (6x75cl)
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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.
Review Date: 7th August 2019
98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 15 months in French oak barrels (67% new, 33% second-use). Hot, dry start to the year but a great season. To be launched October 2019. Bottled November 2018. Enrique thinks they now really understand each parcel so that for each ‘they can put the correct tannins in the correct position’ re timing, temperature, and pumpovers. Very approachable already! Ripe and round and yet fresh too. Amazingly open! Yet with layers and life. Really zingy and long. Really long and lovely persistence at last.
Drinking Window: 2019 - 2040
Reviewer Name: Jancis Robinson MW
Review Date: 12th November 2019
#6 TOP 100 CELLAR SELECTIONS 2020
A full, spicy nose is packed to the brim with smoky, toasty oak and earthy black-fruit aromas. A ripe, full and chewy palate is smooth in feel, while this classic Cabernet from Puente Alto in the Maipo Valley tastes of coffee, rich chocolate, toasty spices and blackberry. A lush, bold finish runs long, indicating that this will age well. Hold through 2040.
Drinking Window: 2020 - 2040
Reviewer Name: Michael Schachner
Review Date: 1st May 2020
Marking its 30th anniversary, the 2017 Don Melchor was produced 30 years after the initial 1987. This is a wine that transcends vintages and shows great regularity, always combining elegance and power, with subtle mintiness and superb elegance. It's juicy, textured and velvety. This is a superb showing in 2017, a warm year and a fresh wine. Bravo! And the volume is not small—156,000 bottles were produced. It was bottled in December 2018.
Drinking Window: 2020 - 2027
Reviewer Name: Luis Gutiérrez
Review Date: 28th February 2020
Don Melchor 2017 contains 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Franc, both from Maipo Alto. This earlier harvest resulted in precise, intense doses of cassis, raspberry and blackberry jam sprinkled with spices and country herbs. A young wine, the tannic structure bodes well for the future even with the moderate freshness.
Drinking Window: 2020 - 2034
Reviewer Name: Joaquin Hidalgo
Review Date: 1st March 2020
- Year 2017
- Colour Red
- Country Chile
- Region Central Valley
- Sub Region Puente Alto
- Pack Size 6x75cl
- ABV 14.50°
- Drinking Window 2020 - 2040
- Drinking Recommendation Drinking Now, will improve
- LWIN 108317420170600750
About Don Melchor
Don Melchor produces some of the most consistently highly rated Cabernet Sauvignon in the world. Helmed by Enrique Tirado, working hand in hand with top Bordeaux consultant Eric Boissenot, this Alto Maipo Valley estate sits 650 metres above sea level on an ancient alluvial terrace left by retreating Andean glaciers. Planted almost entirely (90%) with Cabernet Sauvignon, Dol Melchor's terroir is the ideal combination of rocky soils and cooling breezes blowing down from the Andes for these 30-year-old vines.
One of the select group of Chilean estates pioneering utterly world-class wines alongside the likes of Seña, Almaviva and Viña Chadwick. Don Melchor is simply "the benchmark for Chilean wine", according to Wine Advocate. Decanter has drawn a direct parallel between the quality of Don Melchor and the best Cabernet Sauvignon terroirs of the world, asserting that Don Melchor “stands next to the best wines in the world based on Cabernet Sauvignon, including those of Bordeaux and the Napa Valley” (Decanter).
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