2018 Concha y Toro, Don Melchor, Cabernet Sauvignon, Puente Alto, Maipo Valley, Chile

2018 Concha y Toro, Don Melchor, Cabernet Sauvignon, Puente Alto, Maipo Valley, Chile

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2018 Concha y Toro, Don Melchor, Cabernet Sauvignon, Puente Alto, Maipo Valley, Chile

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Deep crimson although I can see the bottom of the glass! Freshness with ripe-but-not-sweet fruit and some hint of stoniness on the quite strongly aromatic nose. Then it is sweeter on the palate than it had seemed on the nose. Intense cassis, unsweetened chocolate, and then a fresh finish with a nice, dry mineral finish. Really quite appetising. Beautifully polished tannins which, amazingly, make the wine delicious to drink already. The undertow and clean peacock's tail finish is impressive. Despite its current approachability, on the basis of this vertical tasting I forecast a pretty impressively long life.

Drink 2020 - 2042

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (Nov 2020)

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Jancis Robinson MW18+/20
Jancis Robinson MW18+/20
James Suckling100/100
Vinous96/100
Jancis Robinson MW18+/20
Deep crimson although I can see the bottom of the glass! Freshness with ripe-but-not-sweet fruit and some hint of stoniness on the quite strongly aromatic nose. Then it is sweeter on the palate than it had seemed on the nose. Intense cassis, unsweetened chocolate, and then a fresh finish with a nice, dry mineral finish. Really quite appetising. Beautifully polished tannins which, amazingly, make the wine delicious to drink already. The undertow and clean peacock's tail finish is impressive. Despite its current approachability, on the basis of this vertical tasting I forecast a pretty impressively long life.

Drink 2020 - 2042

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (Nov 2020) Read more
Jancis Robinson MW18+/20
Deep crimson although I can see the bottom of the glass! Freshness with ripe-but-not-sweet fruit and some hint of stoniness on the quite strongly aromatic nose. Then it is sweeter on the palate than it had seemed on the nose. Intense cassis, unsweetened chocolate, and then a fresh finish with a nice, dry mineral finish. Really quite appetising. Beautifully polished tannins which, amazingly, make the wine delicious to drink already. The undertow and clean peacock's tail finish is impressive. Despite its current approachability, on the basis of this vertical tasting I forecast a pretty impressively long life.

Drink 2020-2040

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (Nov 2020) Read more
James Suckling100/100
This is amazing. The vibrancy and energy in this wine is stunning. The complexity of aromas are breathtaking with flowers, blackcurrants, raspberries and peaches. Full-bodied, yet ever so refined and polished with impeccable texture and beauty. The length is marvelous. This is a testimony to balance, harmony and transparency in a great red. Drink after 2023.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2021) Read more
Vinous96/100
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor is a combination of a proven style – the blend also includes 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot – and a particularly good harvest in the Puente Alto region in Maipo. Made by Enrique Tirado and aged for 15 months in French barrels, it is garnet red in the glass, with a very complex expression that unfolds in layers, beginning with black currant and sour cherry notes, followed by mint, cedar and pepper and a faint whiff of red pepper. Juicy in the mouth with fine-grained tannins and a concentration that centers the wine, channeling and stretching out the fruity backdrop, this is an unusually harmonious and delicious Bordeaux blend.

Drink 2022 - 2035

Joaquín Hidalgo, vinous.com (May 2021) Read more

About this WINE

Concha y Toro

Concha y Toro

Concha y Toro was established in 1883 by Don Melchor de Concha y Toro and his wife, Dona Emiliana Subercaseaux. It is located in the Maipo Valley and is now one of the leading premium producers in the country. It produces a wide range of wines, including the rich Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve and the luxury cuvée Almaviva, which it produces in collaboration with Mouton-Rothschild.

Winemaker Enrique Santelices and consultant Ignacio Recabarren are leading the field in terms of innovation and experimentation in both the winery and the vineyard.

In 1994, Concha y Toro became the first Chilean winery to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Casablanca Valley

Casablanca Valley

Casablanca valley is located approximately 1 hour west of Santiago, south of Aconcagua and north of San Antonio Valley, well-exposed to the cool Pacific ocean breezes. It is Chile's first cool-climate wine producing region, with an internationally established reputation since the early 1990s for its arresting, vibrant, mouth-watering white wines, made predominantly from Chardonnay (over 75%) and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Viogner and Riesling, exotically perfumed and richly flavoured.

Early morning fog (the result of the Pacific's icy Humboldt current) keeps temperatures low and adds moisture in an otherwise dry terrain. Midday breezes clear the fog, allowing the sunshine to reach and ripen the grapes.

A host of producers tend nearly 4,000 hectares of vines in the valley, which offers a myriad of microclimates. The higher, warmer, frost-free sections are suitable for red varieties like Merlot and Carmenere, while the lower, cooler areas produce excellent fruit for cool-climate grapes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.

In acknowledgment of certain similarities between Casablanca and California's Napa Valley, the two valleys signed a viticultural alliance in 2002.


Recommended producer: De Martino

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Cab.Sauvignon

Cab.Sauvignon

The most famous red wine grape in the world and one of the most widely planted.

It is adaptable to a wide range of soils, although it performs particularly well on well-drained, low-fertile soils. It has small, dusty, black-blue berries with thick skins that produce deeply coloured, full-bodied wines with notable tannins. Its spiritual home is the Médoc and Graves regions of Bordeaux where it thrives on the well-drained gravel-rich soils producing tannic wines with piercing blackcurrant fruits that develop complex cedarwood and cigar box nuances when fully mature.

The grape is widely planted in California where Cabernet Sauvignon based wines are distinguished by their rich mixture of cassis, mint, eucalyptus and vanilla oak. It is planted across Australia and with particular success in Coonawarra where it is suited to the famed Terra Rossa soil. In Italy barrique aged Cabernet Sauvignon is a key component in Super Tuscans such as Tignanello and Sassicaia, either on its own or as part of a blend with Sangiovese.

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