Lapostolle 2018 Clos Apalta Bordeaux Blend Chile

James Suckling


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98 Points James Suckling - So aromatic and fresh with dried flowers, sweet tobacco and hints of straw. Red fruit, cloves and green peppercorns. Medium-to full-bodied with fine tannins that are very fresh and refined. Fine, silky and beautiful. Hints of minerals and granite to the dark fruit. Such gorgeous length and beauty. Extremely long and poised. Cooler wine. From bio-dynamically grown grapes.

97 Points Decanter - In 2019 Andrea León achieved superlative results at Clos Apalta with a blend of 64% Carménère, Cabernet Franc and Merlot aged for 25 months in French barrels. This is a luxurious red with an aromatic profile of liquorice and black and redcurrant over layers of graphite, clove and cinnamon. In the mouth, the breadth and freshness are brought together by the silky texture which flows into an enjoyable finish with refined tannins.

96 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - There is a lot of Carménère character on the nose of the 2018 Clos Apalta, which was produced with 64% Carménère, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot, a blend that is similar to the one used in 2016. The wine is not shy at all and hits the scale at 15% alcohol. It's showy, heady, hedonistic, aromatic, full-bodied and lush with abundant velvety tannins and a long and powerful finish where the notes of black peppercorns and tea and tobacco leaves dominate.

Jancis Robinson - Deep ruby color, with a spicy, leathery nose full of cool but ripe cherry and blackcurrant fruit. There is a touch of vine tomato, but this adds complexity and character without detracting from the fruit. The palate is luscious with dark-cherry fruit. The oak is sweet but measured, as are the fine, ripe tannins. There is just enough bite to leave a fresh impression on the long, black-fruited finish. Fine.

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