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DON MELCHOR

Don Melchor represents Chile’s first ever “Icon” red wine. This signature Cabernet Sauvignon from the Puente Alto vineyard in Chile’s Maipo Valley enjoys an unparalleled record for demonstrating Chile’s ability to create an exquisite world-class wine.

Don Melchor’s origins date back to 1986, when Eduardo Guilisasti Tagle, president of Concha y Toro at the time, had a flash of inspiration that would set new precedents and forever raise the bar for Chilean winemaking. The Concha y Toro winemaking team traveled to Bordeaux, France to visit the father of modern winemaking, Professor Emile Peynaud and present to him samples of Cabernet Sauvignon from the then little-known Puente Alto vineyard. Peynaud was impressed and considered the samples to demonstrate extraordinary potential, exhibiting distinct characteristics of a unique terroir.

Rafael Guilisasti’s 1986 pilgrimage to Bordeaux mirrored an earlier voyage to France, made a century earlier by Concha y Toro founder, Don Melchor. An eminent Chilean statesman, Don Melchor de Concha y Toro was convinced that Chile’s winemaking potential could provide his nation with a vital platform from which to compete in the international marketplace. Don Melchor returned home with the first samples of French rootstock brought from Bordeaux. Don Melchor’s visit thus simultaneously brought about the birth to the modern Chilean wine industry and Concha y Toro, which remains to this day Chile’s leading wine producer and the county’s foremost name in world-class wines.

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FEATURES BENEFITS
  • Sourced from the famed Puente Alto Vineyard in the Maipo Valley which is celebrated for producing both Don Melchor and Almaviva – the joint venture between Concha y Toro and Château Mouton Rothschild.
  • Don Melchor comes from 114 hectares of 20+ year old Cabernet Sauvignon vines, proven to produce small bunches of top quality fruit with rich, concentrated flavor and ripe tannins.
  • Don Melchor comes from 7 distinct, yet contiguous sub-divided blocks within the vineyard, each contributing something unique to the final blend.
  • Each block is monitored and managed independently row-by-row, observing and respecting every vine in order to promote optimally balanced growth.
  • The only Chilean wine with 23 vintages to its credit, all prize-winning and renowned by world critics.
  • Concha y Toro black band removed from front label with 2010 vintage, visually elevating Don Melchor from the rest of the Concha y Toro portfolio.
  • Enjoys international status and recognition as one of most highly regarded, sought-after New World red wines.
  • Don Melchor boasts a record breaking line-up of 90+ ratings, gold medals and industry accolades.
  • A regular in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the World.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys a special place in the hearts and in the cellars of U.S. collectors and connoisseurs.
  • The ultimate steak house luxury red wine; a must-have on the wine list of any steak house seeking to command the patronage and respect of wine aficionados.
  • Removal of signature Concha y Toro black band allows Don Melchor to be classified alone as an icon

Tasting Notes

labelDon Melchor: Don Melchor is a bright ruby red. Expressive and complex chocolate, black cherry and ripe plum mingle with coffee and cassis aromas. Full bodied with red fruit flavors and ripe tannins that lead to a long and juicy finish. The result is a rich wine perfect with any hearty dish, especially lamb and steak.

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