• Domaine: Clos Apalta
• Appellation: Valle de Apalta
• Origin: Colchagua Valley, Chile
• Importer: Laguna Cellar
In 1994, Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, great-granddaughter of the creator of Grand Marnier, embarked on a new adventure in Chile. True to the demands of the family, her ambition was to produce an exceptional wine and to pave the way for the qualitative development of the country's wines. In just a few years, Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle succeeded in making Clos Apalta an iconic wine by shaping this vineyard, foot by foot.
Today, another member of the Marnier Lapostelle family is equally as passionate for wine has taken over. Since 2013, CHARLES-HENRI DE BOURNET MARNIER LAPOSTOLLE has been at the helm of the company, and the seventh representative of the dynasty brings new ideas and a new dynamism to the table. He is accompanied by Jacques Begarie, technical director, and the famous consultant Michel Rolland, who is personally involved in all Clos Apalta production.
"The 2017 Clos Apalta is the 20th vintage of this wine that was produced with a blend of 48% Carmenere, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot from organic and biodynamic certified vineyards on granite soils. It fermented with indigenous yeasts for four to five weeks, with manual punch-down of the cap, mostly in 7,500-liter French oak vats and 18% in new French barrique. Malolactic was in new French oak barrels, and the élevage lasted for 27 months in 85% new barrels and 15% second use. This is always a powerful, big and ripe wine that is regularly 15% alcohol, reflecting a warm and ripe place. The 2017 is no exception, perhaps a riper and more powerful wine than the 2016. It's still very young and marked by the élevage, with abundant balsamic aromas and notes from the wood—spice and smoke with an ashy touch. It seems quite marked by the character of the Carmenere. The tannins are quite round and polished, and the flavors are pungent and powerful. It's a full-bodied wine to age in in bottle and enjoy in its 10th birthday with powerful food. 90,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in September 2019." - Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (8/31/2020, Issue 250), Ratings: 95, Drink: 2022-2030