The 25th vintage of Don Melchor, by winemaker Enrique Tirado, was recognized with an outstanding 94 points in the latest report on Chile published on the influential US wine critic Robert Parker’s website, The Wine Advocate.
This is the highest score granted to a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Alto Maipo within the list of wines tasted, which reflects a complete panorama of the Chilean wine industry and whose results are highly influential around the world.
The report entitled ‘Chile: Think outside the box’ by Luis Gutiérrez, the wine taster responsible for Chilean wines in The Wine Advocate, singled out the 2011 Don Melchor as being “a fresh, elegant vintage of Don Melchor, a prototype Cabernet from Alto Maipo.”
This result reconfirms Don Melchor’s position as one of the greatest examples of the variety in the world.
“(…) This wine had plenty of aromas of graphite, iron, cold ashes, blood and fresh meat – denoting freshness and seriousness. This year only has 1% Cabernet Franc blended in — one of the lower, if not the lowest years ever. With time, the more balsamic aromas emerge, which also gives some brightness and light to the nose. The palate is medium-bodied with some sweet fruit and the core of fine-grained, classical Cabernet tannins. This is a fresh, elegant vintage of Don Melchor, a prototype Cabernet from Alto Maipo.”. –Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate.