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Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011

Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile
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Winemaker Notes

Deep cherry red in the glass. The aroma of this wine is elegant and complex, brimming with notes of black currants and spice complemented by chocolate and tobacco. Soft tannins give way to evolving freshness with an elegant, persistent finish.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 95
James Suckling
Gorgeous aromas of eucalyptus, black currants, berries and stones. Medium to full body, fine tannins and tension. Firm, caressing texture. This remains one of the top cabs of Chile as always. Better in 2017.
D 95
Decanter
With 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and some drops of Cabernet Franc, this comes form the tradtional Tocornal Vineyard, planted in the mid-1970s. A cold vintage reveals its herbal, spicy, flavors, but above all a crunchy, vivacious acidity and pungent tannins that need time in a bottle. A brilliant version of a classic.
WS 94
Wine Spectator
Rich and powerful, with balanced and elegant flavors of dried raspberry, mocha, mineral and dark chocolate. Creamy midpalate, presenting a broad and lush finish, revealing slate and white pepper notes. Drink now through 2022.
WW 94
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
One of top wines of the year, the 2011 Concha y Toro Don Melchor is a super, world-class wine that exceeds many of the best from around the globe. Medium to deep ruby color; dense and under-the-radar aromas of red and black currants, super young now and just a bit unsettled, strong suggestion of greatness to come; medium bodied, refined on the palate, sweet tannins give the wine form; dry, medium acidity, well balanced; bright red fruit flavors, with a hint of mineral and dried earth; medium finish, lively long red fruit; bright; black currants in the aftertaste. (Tasted: June 1, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
As 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 confident 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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Don Melchor

Don Melchor

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Don Melchor, Chile
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The story of the Don Melchor wine begins in the mid-1980s when the Chilean wine industry was undergoing another transformation and beginning to create very high quality wines. A dream began to take shape at Viña Concha y Toro that would eventually change the future of Chilean wines forever and Peynaud immediately recognized the excellence of the wines from that terroir and suggested that his closest colleague, Jacques Boissenot, consultant for renowned French châteaux, lead the project.

The adventure had already begun two years earlier, when Mr. Eduardo Guilisasti insisted that his son Rafael and winemaker Goetz Von Gersdorff travel to Bordeaux, France to meet with the renowned French maestro Emilie Peynaud, considered the father of modern winemaking. They showed him the Cabernet Sauvignon from the Puente Alto Vineyard.

For Concha y Toro a wine begins with the vines. Don Melchor is the faithful expression of a Cabernet Sauvignon from a specific terroir in the Puente Alto Vineyard, which is divided into blocks that are homogenous in vigor. Each block is managed according to its specific needs for balanced growth in every vine.

The first vintage of Don Melchor was 1987, and from the beginning, French winemaker Jacques Boissenot, one of Bordeaux’s most respected consultants, has participated in defining and making the final blend of each Don Melchor since the very first vintage. Today his son, Eric Boissenot, continues his legacy as Don Melchor winemaker Enrique Tirado’s consultant.

One of South America’s most important wine-producing countries, Chile is a reliable source of both budget-friendly wines and premium bottlings. Spanish settlers, Juan Jufre and Diego Garcia de Cáceres, most likely brought Vitis vinifera (Europe’s wine producing vine species) to the Central Valley of Chile some time in the 1550s. But Chile’s modern wine industry is largely the result of heavy investment from the 1990s.

Long and narrow, Chile is geographically isolated, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Andes Mountains to the east and the Atacama desert to the north. These natural borders allowed Chile to avoid the disastrous phylloxera infestation in the late 1800s and as a result, vines are often planted on their own rootstock rather than grafted (as is the case in much of the wine producing world).

Chile’s vineyards vary widely in climate and soil type from north to south. The Coquimbo region in the far north contains the Elqui and Limari Valleys, where minimal rainfall and intense sunlight are offset by chilly breezes from the Humboldt Current. While historically focused solely on Pisco production, today this area finds success with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Aconcagua region contains the eponymous Aconcagua Valley—hot and dry and home to full-bodied red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot—as well as Casablanca Valley and San Antonio Valley, which focus on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The Central Valley is home to the Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule Valleys, which produce a wide variety of red and white wines. Maipo in particular is known for Carmenère, Chile’s unofficial signature grape. In the up-and-coming southern regions of Bio Bio and Itata make excellent Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is now the world's most planted grape variety. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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