In 1986,Viña Concha y Toro decided to produce a premium wine that would to help position Chile as a producer of high-quality wines. The objective was not only to produce the finest red wine possible from Chile, but also to create a wine that reflected the unique terroir of the Alto Maipo Valley. Since its inaugural vintage, it has earned a noteworthy reputation as one of the world’s finest Cabernet Sauvignons. The grapes are carefully selected from different old vine blocks of the highly regarded Puente Alto vineyard, located in the foothills of the majestic Andes mountain range. “Don Melchor is a blend of the expressions of each of its blocks… by joining them together we achieve a better, more complete, more complex wine that reflects the personality of the Puente Alto vineyard”, explains winemaker Enrique Tirado. Don Melchor is one of the great examples of top quality Cabernet Sauvignon from this prized corner of the New World.
The 2008 Don Melchor is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc that is aged for 15 months in French oak. Crisp, precise and attractive aromas of cassis, black cherry and dark plum are supported by rich mocha and toasty oak. There are fine, grippy tannins enswathed in juicy blackberry fruit, accompanied by a subtle hint of iodine and black olive, leading to a freshly spiced finish. This is a lovely, focused wine of great weight and depth that will be drinking well into 2020 and beyond.