Lapostolle, Le Petit Clos Apalta, Rapel Valley, Chile, 2018 through Merchant of Wine

Lapostolle, Le Petit Clos Apalta, Rapel Valley, Chile, 2018

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Overview of the Wine
Everything starts in 1994 when Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet first arrived in Chile’s Colchagua Valley. They quickly realized its potential for producing world-class wines. This ideal setting, which was revitalized in 1995, was home to vines originating from pre-phylloxera rootstock brought from Bordeaux in the middle of XIX century. Member of a renowned family that has been dedicated for several generations to the production of high-quality spirits and wines, Alexandra with legendary wine expertise, brought exceptional French winemaking practices to Chile and pioneered the development of fine quality wines from the region. Today it is Charles de Bournet Marnier Lapostolle, seventh generation of the family, who holds the reins of the Winery. Together with him is Jacques Begarie, Technical Director & Winemaker, under the advice of the famous winemaker Michel Rolland, who is personally involved in the whole production of Clos Apalta. In its short history, Clos Apalta wines have consistently ranked highly (90+ points) among reputable wine trade publications, a testament of the rigorous standards implemented at the winery to produce outstanding wines. Clos Apalta's philosophy is as simple as it is ambitious: to express terrois in the wines, looking for excellence, elegance and character in a handcrafted wine that can talk about the amazing place that is the Apalta Valley.

Natural and Organic.

Grape / Blend
53% Carmenère, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot

Origin
Rapel Valley, Chile

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
2018 vintage gave a generous production, healthy, of excellent flavor, with relatively moderate alcohol levels and more freshness. ng any rain allowing later varieties to be harvested at optimal maturation. It will be remembered as one of the greatest cold vintages of the 21st century in Chile.

 

94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 
The 2018 Le Petit Clos, a second wine born in 2014, was produced with a blend of 53% Carmenere, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot from organically and biodynamically certified vineyards even if the bottled doesn't carry the seals. It's ripe and powerful with the Apalta signature, earthy and stony. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak vats and matured in French barriques for some 22 months. It's full-bodied with a lush texture and round tannins, a softer version of the 2016.

94 Points - James Suckling
A medium-bodied red with blackberry, red-berry and spice aromas and flavors. It’s chewy and polished with a medium finish. Dried flowers to the fruit at the finish. Tight and reserved now. Drink in 2022 and onwards.

Product size: 750ml

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