In James Suckling’s Top 100 Wines of the Andes 2017 Report published in August 2017.
James Suckling has previously stated that Lapostolle's Carmenère-based flagship is "always one of the benchmarks of the vintage in Chile", and when it comes to its lead grape variety (48% Carmenère, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot): "Carmenère leaves its special mark in Chile… The best I have tasted is Lapostolle Clos Apalta." This latest release (with its new look bottle) outscores the wine’s previous highest score by three clear points, demonstrating that it is clearly a magnificent wine this year.
Owned by the Marnier-Lapostolle family, makers of Grand-Marnier, Lapostolle is one of Chile’s elite producers, but also one that remains inexplicably under-the-radar. Clos Apalta comes from old vines – some ungrafted, pre-phylloxera and almost 100 years old – planted in a horseshoe-shaped valley that is farmed organically and biodynamically.
Jancis Robinson describes the 2014 Chilean vintage outturn as "very good quality wine, showing plenty of concentration and complexity." James Suckling concurs stating: "Chilean wines have never been better thanks to a string of excellent vintages and a general improvement in viticulture and winemaking." The cool vintage and long ripening season certainly seem to have really benefitted Clos Apalta in 2014, making this a fantastic buy...
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