Lapostolle Rapel

Lapostolle Rapel

lapostolleThis is now established as one of the best red wine producers in Chile. Winemaking direction has been provided for a number of years by Michel Rolland of BON PASTEUR. The Chardonnay in both regular Casa and Cuvée Alexandre versions is moderately rich and oaky, the Sauvignon Blanc quite piercingly tropical and grassy.

It is the reds, though, that lift the winery onto a separate quality plateau. Cabernet Sauvignon Cuvée Alexandre is well structured but lacks the sheer opulence of the rich, supple, almost exotic Merlot Cuvée Alexandre. Dark smoky Syrah has also now been added as has a second red blend Borobo which comes from Syrah, Pinot Noir, Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Currently a serious contender for the best red from Chile is the dense, powerful, opulent and richly textured Clos Apalta. The wine is structured and ageworthy but has all the hallmarks of Rolland’s great wines from St-Émilion. A second more obviously fruit driven second Clos Apalta red is also made, Canto de Apalta. (DM)

Lapostolle Rapel
Marnier Lapostolle/Rabat families Benjamin 2935, Las Condes, Santiago
Tel: 56 2 426 9960 Fax: 56 2 426 9966

To find out more about Lapostolle and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to South America..

Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines Merlot, the two Cabernets, Carmenère and Syrah. (DM)

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