2017 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto (750ml)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo Valley, Central Valley, Chile

B-21 Top Recommendation
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In the Maipo Valley at the base of the Andes, Don Melchor established the region's most famous vineyard, Puente Alto. His successors built one of the most impressive Cabernet sites in that country. But their most important decision – the move that made the Don Melchor Cabernet what it is today – was inviting the advice of "the forefather of modern oenology," Emile Peynaud. Peynaud assisted with isolating subplots within the Puente Alto vineyard – now six unique parcels within the 17-acre vineyard – and consulted with the team along with famed enologist Jacques Boissenot to fashion a true Grand Cru Bordeaux influenced wine in Chile. Under the Don Melchor label, the Peynaud project married terroir and a lifetime of winemaking expertise, bringing to life one of the most stunning wines in the New World along with Almaviva, Seña and Chadwick!


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.

99 points, James Suckling (Dec 2019)

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.

95 points, Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (May 2020)

#6 - Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections 2020

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
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