Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta [Pre-arrival] 2017
Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle named Cuvee Alexandre after her great-grandfather, founder of Grand Marnier. This is hand harvested and hand de-stemmed. Merlot or Syrah added to enhance the aromatics of the Carmenere, and the wine is aged for 9 months in a mix of old and new French oak. It is a wonderful expression of the Apalta Vineyard terroir.
JS100: What a stunning nose of crushed berries, fresh flowers, sandalwood and light vineyard dust. Black olives, too. Very complex. Full-bodied with a beautiful, dense palate of blackberries, chocolate, walnuts and cigar box. Fantastic length and composure. The tannin just rolls over the palate. Very structured. The most classically structured wine ever from here. Goes on for minutes. Outrageous and so polished. A blend of 48% carmenere, 26% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot and 1% petit verdot. Try after 2025.