2014 Clos Apalta, Colchagua Valley, Casa Lapostolle

2014 Clos Apalta, Colchagua Valley, Casa Lapostolle

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2014 Clos Apalta, Colchagua Valley, Casa Lapostolle

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Lapostolle Wines was founded in 1994 by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, heiress to the Grand Marnier empire, to create world class wines using the French experience and the magnificent terroirs of Chile. The company now owns 370 hectares of vines, producing around 200000 cases annually, with the jewel in the crown being Clos Apalta, a single vineyard cuvee from a sub region of the Colchagua valley.

First launched in 1997, the wine is a blend of Carmenere (Chile’s signature red grape), Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Made with a firm nod to Bordeaux, but from the more Mediterranean climate provided by this part of Chile, the 2014 vintage is the finest to date.
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Casa Lapostolle

Casa Lapostolle

Casa Lapostolle was established in 1994 and is already one of Chile's leading wine producers. It is owned by the Marnier-Lapostolle family, producers of the famous Grand-Marnier liqueur, and is managed by Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle. The operation is located in the Colchagua valley in the Rapel district and the company now has over 500 hectares of vineyards at its disposal.

The wines, unsurprisingly, marry the natural benevolence for which Chile is so famous, with an elegance and subtlety, which has been nurtured by Bordelais wine-making guru, Michel Rolland. The elegance and complexity is underlined by blending; their Cab. Sauvignon contains 15% Malbec that refines the tannic structure and  adds a savoury backdrop to the generous fruit.

Casa Lapostolle is most renowned for the outstanding quality of its Merlot. This is Michel Roland's signature grape and is also the most successfully grown grape in the Colchagua valley. The Merlot Cuvée Alexande is a rich, dense and opulent wine that is packed with succulent, ripe, black fruits with hints of chocolate and Asian spices.

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Cab.Sauvignon & Carmenère

Cab.Sauvignon & Carmenère

Carménère is considered as an ideal blending partner with Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as with other Bordeaux varieties (Merlot and Cab. Franc)

Carmenère 
Chile is the bastion of the Carmenère grape today but during the early19th century it was one of the most widely cultivated grape varieties in the Médoc and Graves regions of Bordeaux where it dominated as blending partner of Cabernet Franc. However its susceptibility to the twin evils of phylloxera and oidium led to growers uprooting it in the 1860s and replacing it with better yielding grape varieties such as Merlot.

It was first introduced in Chile (where it is also known as Grand Vidure) in the 19th-Century where it thrived on the country’s phylloxera-free vineyards, as most of its vines are planted on native rootstock. For a long time it stayed in obscurity, as it was mixed with Merlot plantings in the vineyards but now is being identified, vinified and labelled separately.

In Chile it is typically blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, imparting succulent and luxurious fuitness.  Many of the country’s flagship wines incorporate judicious proportions of Carmenère in blends; Almaviva, Neyen, Sena.  It is increasingly being bottled as a single varietal wine. Carmen and De Martino were two of the first wineries to champion the grape as the signature varietal of Chile.

Carmenère wines are deeply coloured and are usually well structured with smooth, well-rounded tannins, and ripe berry fruit flavours. Cooler climate regions, like the coastal Limari in Chile, produce an earthy, leaner, more elegant style with crunch red fruit and green pepper flavours. Warmer climates, like in Maipo, give concentrated, heady wines, inky-coloured and with opulent notes of dark chocolate, soy sauce and black pepper.

Cabernet Sauvignon
It is 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.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

The Wine Advocate93/100
Suckling100/100

Critic reviews

The Wine Advocate93/100
The 2014 Clos Apalta is composed of 48% Carmenre, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot and has lots of tannins and some astringency. It really suffers when compared with the 2015, which feels longer and has a different quality of tannins, but I prefer both to the 2013. This matured in 100% new French oak barrels for 26 months. 62,388 bottles were filled in June 2016.
Luis Gutirrez - 31/10/2018 Read more
Suckling100/100
An extremely aromatic and focused Clos Apalta with blackberry, blueberry, floral and hot stone character. Full body, very linear and ultra-fine tannins. Focused and tight. Precise and long. This is the most polished and beautiful definition of this wine ever. You want to drink it now but better in 2020.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com - August 2017  Read more