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Lapostolle: Twenty Years of Winemaking Excellence in Chile!

Merlot grapes harvested in 2013
Merlot grapes harvested in 2013
Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle is a descendant of the Marnier Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the world-renowned liqueur Grand Marnier. She and her family have deep roots in Sancerre.

Twenty-five years ago they were considering developing a new winery project in Bordeaux, yet “I was very curious about Chile and it’s potential. I fell in love with the vineyards and eventually what became our property” explains Ms. Marnier Lapostolle.

The winery slogan is, "French by design, Chilean by nature". Ms. Lapostolle has been hands-on from the beginning, racking up the frequent flyer miles between France, Chile and England where she now resides to be close to her grandchildren.

Today Lapostolle produces 5 ranges of wines with distribution in 70 countries.
The proprietress’s flagship Clos Apalta is a Carmenère based Bordeaux Blend.
It is made at the revolutionary, 100% gravity-fed, Clos Apalta Winery, built six stories down into the earth.
Grapes are grown organically with bio-dynamic practices adhered to in the vineyard.

My favorites:
Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Merlot, Colchagua Valley 2011, $25, 4 Stars!
Seductive! Rich, elegant flavors of cocoa, damson plum and blackberry. Medium
Plus finish, super tannins and oak. A well-made, sexy and polished wine.

Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Carménère, Colchagua Valley 2011, $25, 4 Stars
Bold! A powerful style of Carménère, that shows a meatier side to the variety. Less bell pepper and more roasted Hatch Chile. This shows brooding black fruit, and healthy dose of oak with a long finish. Very good!

Lapostolle Clos Apalta
If Penfold’s Grange is Australia’s Icon wine, Clos Apalta is Chile’s Icon wine!
We tasted a vertical of 2009 and 2010. The 2010 was a breathtaking standout, consisting of 71% Carmenère, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot. We rate this wine 5 out of 5 Stars (98 pts.). Best Splurge Wine! Bravo. $99

For those who are planning to visit Chile, Lapostolle offers tours and tastings. They also have a fabulous intimate 4 suite resort called Lapostolle Residence, a member of Relais & Châteaux, with breathtaking views of their vineyards and mountains.

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