Chile has a long viticultural history for a New World wine region dating to the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis vinifera vines with them as they colonized the region. In the mid-19th century, French wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc were introduced. In the early 1980s, a renaissance began with the introduction of stainless steel fermentation tanks and the use of oak barrels for aging. Wine exports grew very quickly as quality wine production increased. The number of wineries has grown from 12 in 1995 to over 70 in 2005. Reasons for this sudden expansion varies, but all are essential to understanding Chilean wine culture. The largest factor, and arguably most prominent, relates to the large amount of French families immigrating to Chile during the late 20th century. The French were able to share their fine tastes and experience with the native Chileans, expanding their knowledge of the wine world. Chile is now the fifth largest exporter of wines in the world, and the ninth largest producer. The climate has been described as midway between that of California and France. The most common grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère.
- Item #: i_383854Bottle Size: 750mlJames Suckling: 92Red wine in the summer? You bet! This beautiful blend from Lapostolle (22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carmenere, 23% Merlot, 30% Syrah) is big enough for just about any carnivorous delight from the grill while maintaining impeccable balance, body and a flavor profile that won’t drag you down in the warming weather. That it's on sale and featured as our Wine of the Month 2 is icing on the wine-dark cake!
Nose: Spicy earth and red plum, incense, old growth forest floor, blackberry, mixed fruit leather.
Palate: Bright fruit, mixed red & dark berries, vanilla cola, spice box, cherry vanilla. Chewy tannins meld perfectly with lasting fruit flavors in the lengthy finish. Light acidity tempers the ripeness of the fruit flavors.
Lapostolle is one of the most dynamic and influential producers of wines in Chile. Founded in 1994 in the Apalta Valley, this family business was created by the French Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet, members of the family who have been recognized for the production of wines and fine liqueurs for generations in the world. Today it is Charles de Bournet Marnier-Lapostolle, seventh generation of the family, who holds the reins of the Winery. Together with him is Andrea León, Technical Director & Winemaker, under the advice of the famous winemaker Michel Rolland, who is personally involved in the whole production of the premium and icon wines.
At Lapostolle, the goal is as simple as it is ambitious: to create world-class wines using French winemaking philosophy and the superb terroirs of Chile. The founders chose Apalta in the Colchagua Valley, because weather and geographical conditions are perfect for producing high quality red wines and they also found blocks of unique vineyards. Clearly, they are doing it well!
JAMES SUCKLING 92 POINTS - "Dark plums, licorice, creme de cassis, citrus, baking spices and roasted herbs. Medium-to-full body, lots of grainy tannins, a pretty thread of acidity and a savory, chewy finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, carmenere, merlot and syrah. Drink in 2020."
- Item #: i_378489Bottle Size: 750MLJames Suckling: 94JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "I love how the leafy complexity of dried sage, pine cones and forest floor combines with earth and paprika, but then with very fresh fruit, such as blueberries and citrus. Medium to full body, chewy and grainy tannins and a bark-laden finish."
- Item #: i_377636Bottle Size: 750ml50% Carmenere, 26% Malbec, & 14% Syrah
IMPORTER NOTES - "Deep and dark almost creamy nose gives way for black currant, meat, earth and spicy minerals...Rich and mouth filling with an incredible amount of suave creamy fine grained tannins. Young and brooding but with an incredible smooth and velvety approach. Lingering spice and fruit blends with the more mineral laden flavors...Broad, big and bold...If you want value for money this is where its at!"