100-point Don Melchor 2018 officially launches
Top Chilean wine Don Melchor 2018 is officially launching having achieved a 100-point score from critic James Suckling ahead of its global release this month.
The wine, which comes from Chile’s prized Puente Alto vineyard area in the country’s Maipo Andes region, has been eagerly anticipated after Don Melchor chief winemaker Enrique Tirado told db last year that it was “one of the greatest vintages” he has yet produced.
Tirado explained that the 2018 growing season had been “by the book”, with just the right of rain when needed, the right temperatures, an excellent flowering and fruit set, followed by “dry conditions that are needed for small, concentrated berries”.
The wine, which is the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile’s biggest producer, Concha y Toro, is being launched now with a retail price of US$120 per bottle.
Don Melchor is a Cabernet-dominant blend created by Tirado and French wine consultant Eric Boissenot.
The 2018 expression contains 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot.
The vintage was warmer than average, but unlike 2017, there was a more even distribution of rainfall which allowed for steady maturation of the multiple varieties.