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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Lapostolle Clos Apalta 1999
Lapostolle Clos Apalta 1999
(search item no. 45607)
collectible wine

James Suckling rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $51.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2005 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: The color is intense and the density is readily apparent.

Aroma: The bouquet provides an explosion of red fruit, blackberry, black cherry and vibrant notes of raspeberry. The oak aging contributes a toasted vanilla and balsamic-like element in the nose. Then, instead of dispersing, all the scents blend together to give greater complexity, precious wood and cedar notes.

Flavor: In the mouth, the first impression is density and volume. The wine is round, full and very concentrated. Slowly, a gentle tannic structure appears which provides the wine with a solid and well-structured character. The finish is long, velvety and silky.

"Once again, arguably the best wine in Chile is this beauty from what may eventually become recognized as a world-class site for red wines—the dry-farmed, old-vines Apalta Vineyard. Fermentation involving big wood vats and the utmost in human attention yields a pure, stately wine that's equal parts power and finesse. Blendwise, it's mostly Merlot, and the flavors are all about kirsch, plum liqueur and chocolate. Give it several years to fully blossom."
-Wine Enthusiast Top 100

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About Lapostolle:

Lapostolle was founded by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet in 1994. The Marnier Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the world-renowned liqueur Grand Marnier, is famous for producing spirits and liqueurs, but the family has also been involved in winemaking for generations. In creating Lapostolle, the family has pursued the same uncompromising approach to quality that make Grand Marnier a global success. Its objected is as simple as it is ambitious: to create world-class wines using French expertise and superb terroirs of Chile. Today, Lapostolle owns 370 hectares in three different vineyards and produces a total of 200,000 cases spread over Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere and Syrah. Lapostolle is distributed in more than 60 countries around the world.