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2014 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta Proprietary Red

ITEM 8575120 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
4 $85
Item Sold Amount Date
I8601555 4 $84 Dec 25, 2022
I8599558 5 $84 Dec 25, 2022
I8562116 2 $85 Dec 4, 2022
I8532289 6 $85 Nov 20, 2022
I8525985 1 $85 Nov 13, 2022
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RATINGS

94Wine Spectator

Refined and rich, featuring a concentrated array of dark fruit, savory herb and Asian spice flavors that are well-structured. Dark chocolate accents linger on the creamy and seductively savory finish, with hints of hot stone...

94Wine Enthusiast

...Concentrated nose with cassis and chocolate-cake aromas is a fine opening. A ripe, saturated palate tasting of blackberry and chocolate balances weight and finesse, with the chocolate element carrying over to a smooth finish...

17Jancis Robinson

...Dark chocolate and plum on the nose with rather too much extraction giving an overbearing texture and fruit intensity...

PRODUCER

Casa Lapostolle

Casa Lapostolle is a French-Chilean enterprise, founded in 1994 by the French Lapostolle family and the Rabat family of Chile. The Lapostolle family established the Grand Marnier brand, and they have also been involved in winemaking for many generations. Located in Colchagua, Chile, the 900-acre estate produces a total of 200,000 cases of wine annually. Though it makes several varietals, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah, its signature wine is its Clos Apalta, which is generally a blend of about 43% Carmenere, 30% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot. The famed French consulting winemaker Michel Rolland is part of the winemaking team at the estate.

REGION

Chile, Central Valley Region, Colchagua Valley, Rapel

Chile has produced wine since the 16th century, when Spanish conquistadores brought grape vines and established vineyards. Sweet wines were favored until well into the 19th century, when French immigrants began making dry wines with a decidedly French character. Chile’s long, narrow, coastal geography has made the transportation of wines challenging over the centuries, though today it is a major exporter. To the west is the Pacific Ocean, to the east are the Andes. But the isolation has also meant that Chile vineyards have so far never been attacked by phylloxera, meaning that unlike viticulturalists in many other part of the world, Chilean vineyards can be planted with original rootstock, saving producers the laborious job of grafting vines onto phylloxera-resistant rootstocks. Chile started an appellation system in 1994, and there are five regions each with numerous sub-regions. Chile has attracted investment from European and American producers, including Robert Mondavi Winery, Kendall-Jackson, Lafite-Rothschild and Miguel Torres.