Con mucho gusto: Concha y Toro, CHILE Don Melchor: Chile’s first ultra-premium wine

Publicado el por N.B. / TXO (autor)

Localizacion(es): Chile

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Concha y Toro is Latin America’s principal wine exporter and one of the most important wine brands in the world, with a presence in more than 135 countries.

A global company that brings together tradition and innovation, and supports its commitment with the consumer by providing them with the best quality and wine experience.

Our agricultural-oenological work philosophy is oriented to quality in the whole production process and to extracting the unique and distinctive characteristics of each specific origin.

The diversification of soils and climates has enabled us to have the widest range of varieties in the Chilean industry. This, plus a deep dedication by the winery and constant research, provides internationally praised wines.

Don Melchor, Chile’s first ultra-premium wine, is the only one with 21 vintages to its credit, all prize-winning and reknowned by world critics. Don Melchor is the maximum exponent of Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon from Puente Alto, and places Chile as one of the world’s great producers of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Domain of Origin (D.O.): Puente Alto, Maipo Valley

Vineyard: Puente Alto vineyard, located at 650 meters above sea level in the Alto Maipo Valley. The over twentyyear- old Cabernet Sauvignon vines furnish fabulous fruit.

Soil: Stony soil of Puente Alto, that comprises material carried downstream from the Andes by the Maipo River. Nutrient poor and weakly absorbent soil curbs excessive vegetative growth and fruit production.

Climate: At Puente Alto, in summer, warm days give way to cold nights. Refreshing mountain air channeled down the Maipo canyon cools the vineyard more than elsewhere in the Maipo Valley. It is the sharp diurnal temperature differences that assist tannin ripening and the development of aromas as well as fixing exceptionally high quantities of polyphenol compounds in the grapes.

Winemaker: Enrique Tirado. His exacting, ongoing research into terroir management as well as his extraordinary sensitivity in winemaking
allowed him to be designated as the exclusive winemaker of Don Melchor in 1999.