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Don Melchor

Don Melchor was Chile’s first icon wine has consistently received the highest praise and recognition throughout its entire history since the beginning. This confirms it as one of the maximum representatives of Cabernet Sauvignon and the Puente Alto terroir as Chile’s finest origin for producing this variety.

Don-Melchor-2013Variety

91% Cabernet Sauvignon

9% Cabernet Franc

Denomination of Origin (D.O.)

Puente Alto, Alto Maipo Valley.

Vineyard

The Don Melchor vineyard is situated at the foot of the Andes Mountains on the northern bank of the Maipo River at 650 meters a.s.l. The vineyard covers 127 hectares, 90% of them planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.1% to Cabernet Franc, 1.9% to Merlot and 1% to Petit Verdot. The vines in the old vineyard currently average 30 years of age.

Soil

The first 30 cm of soil is loam with a large amount of stones below that. These soils ensure good drainage and low fertility, which helps restrict the plants’ vegetative growth and encourages the accumulation and maturation of phenolic compounds.

Climate

In general the vineyard has a semi-arid Mediterranean climate with an average rainfall of 350 mm per year. It is planted in one of the coldest sectors of the Alto Maipo Valley. This season was the coldest in the history of Don Melchor, and this, along with harvesting 10 days later than usual, allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and reach the end of the season with exceptionally well-ripened tannins along with very good fruit expression, freshness, and personality

Aging

15 months in French oak barrels, (66% new and 34% second-use).

Enólogo

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Enrique Tirado

Enrique es Ingeniero Agrónomo de la Universidad Católica de Chile y realizó el prestigioso postgrado “Diplôme Universitaire d’Aptitude à la Dégustation des vins” en la Facultad de Enología de la Universidad de Burdeos.

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Expert reviews

Tim Atkin
Tim AtkinDon Melchor 2013“This is one of greatest ever releases of Don Melchor. The coolness of the vintage is evident in the freshness, poise and sheer elegance of this exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend. Focused and fine, with leafy, minty notes and dexterous oak integration”.
Michael Schachner - Wine Enthusiast
Michael Schachner - Wine EnthusiastDon Melchor 2011As per usual, Don Melchor is singing a pretty tune. Deep, dense aromas of floral berry fruits and tarry darkness are solid and complete. Pure, elegant and condent across the palate, this delivers firm cassis, plum and cherry flavors backed by a toasty finish accented by licorice. This is rich and brawny but not heavy; drink through 2023.

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Reconocimientos

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate | May 2017 94 pts. / Cosecha 2014
Tim Atkin | April 2017 97 pts. | Wine of the Year / Cosecha 2013
Wine & Spirits | February 2017 93 pts. | Among the Best Cabernet Sauvignon of the Year / Cosecha 2013
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