Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 750ml
Puente Alto, Chile
JS99 JR18 WA94+
James Suckling 99
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.
Jancis Robinson 18
98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 15 months in French oak barrels (67% new, 33% second-use). Hot, dry start to the year but a great season. To be launched October 2019. Bottled November 2018. Enrique thinks they now really understand each parcel so that for each ‘they can put the correct tannins in the correct position’ re timing, temperature, and pumpovers. Very approachable already! Ripe and round and yet fresh too. Amazingly open! Yet with layers and life. Really zingy and long. Really long and lovely persistence at last.
Wine Advocate 94+
Marking its 30th anniversary, the 2017 Don Melchor was produced 30 years after the initial 1987. This is a wine that transcends vintages and shows great regularity, always combining elegance and power, with subtle mintiness and superb elegance. It's juicy, textured and velvety. This is a superb showing in 2017, a warm year and a fresh wine. Bravo! And the volume is not small—156,000 bottles were produced. It was bottled in December 2018.