Description: An expressive, complex wine offering a mix of plum, red cherry, dried fig, mocha, vanilla and hints of clove.
The palate shows great concentration and structure, as well as a long and vibrant finish.
The grapes in this wine all come from premium sites in the Apalta vineyard in the Colchagua Valley. The Carmenere and Cabernet that form the majority of the blend are from pre-phylloxera vines planted in 1920. They grow on hillside colluvial granitic soils, lightly textured with layers of clay. Unusually for Chile, the Apalta vineyard is exposed north-south, and has a different mesoclimate from the rest of the Colchagua Valley. The fruit was hand-harvested at night into small baskets.
Grapes were hand-destemmed, and the must transferred to small French oak vats, where native yeasts were allowed to ferment the it slowly. The new wine was racked directly into all new French oak barrels, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for twenty-four months before bottling, without fining or filtration.
Producer: Casa Lapostolle - www.casalapostolle.com ABV: 13% Appellation: Rapel Valley Barrel Ageing: 24 Brand: Casa Lapostolle Country of Origin: Chile Fermentation Method: Native Fermentation Food Match: Red Meats Grape Type: Cabernet Sauvignon Grape Type: Carmenere Grape Type: Petit Verdot Malolactic Fermentation: Yes Region: Central Valley Type of closure: Natural Cork Vintage: 2010
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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.