Casa Lapostolle - Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2012-13 - Black Fruit Aromas 75cl Bottle
75cl Bottle £15.59 In Stock
Description: This iconic Merlot has an expressive nose, with fresh black fruit aromas, spices, red pepper and bitter chocolate.
The palate is smooth and well balanced, with a generous structure and a long finish.
Grapes for this cuvee are all grown in Lapostolle's Apalta vineyard, at a north-south exposure. The vineyard benefits both from a cooling influence from the Tinguiririca river on one side, and protection from intense morning and evening sunlight from the hills surrounding the vineyard like a horseshoe.
Soils for the Merlot vines are a mixture of colluvial granitic and alluvial/sandy, while the Carmenere is grown on sandy, well-drained, poor soil. The vineyard is currently in conversion to biodynamic.
In order to express the terroir of Apalta, the winemaking was very natural with minimal intervention. Following hand picking, grapes underwent a double selection of bunch and berry with fourteen percent hand- destemming. Fermentation with wild yeasts was in stainless steel tanks with skin contact and lasted up to four to five weeks. The wine was aged for thirteen months in half new and half used French oak barrels, and did not undergo fining or cold stabilisation.
Producer: Casa Lapostolle - www.casalapostolle.com ABV: 15% Appellation: Rapel Valley Barrel Ageing: 13.5 Brand: Casa Lapostolle Country of Origin: Chile Fermentation Method: Stainless Steel Tank Food Match: Pork Grape Type: Merlot Region: Central Valley Type of closure: Natural Cork Vintage: 2012-13
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Casa Lapostolle was founded by the Marnier Lapostolle family from France and the Rabat family from Chile in 1994 through Alexandria Marnier-Lapostolle, her husband Cyril de Bournet and Done Jose Rabat Gorchs. Today, Casa Lapostolle is 100% owned by the Marnier-Lapastolle group.
The Marnier Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the world-renowned liqueur Grand Marnier, are known for producing spirits and liqueurs, but the family has also been involved in winemaking for generations.
Originally winegrowers in the Loire Valley, the Marnier Lapostolle continue this vintner tradition today as owners of Chateau de Sancerre.