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Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2021

Tasting Notes

Maybe it’s time to rethink Merlot. It’s been much maligned with many customers, and many times rightly so. But let us not forget it is a noble varietal that can showcase its pedigree when given the right amount of love and grown in the right places. In some ways it was easy to figure out why it got a bad rap as there were and still are a good number of ho-hum examples that don’t do the grape any justice. This is sad because when done properly it ticks a lot of boxes that consumers are looking for. It can offer a round mid-palate texture, an engaging fruit profile and refined tannins that make it accessible, while still offering good depth and structure without being overly assertive.

One producer who hasn’t lost faith in Merlot and has not wavered in their commitment to the varietal has been the French owned Lapostolle, with their Cuvee Alexandre Merlot out of Chile’s famous Apala Valley Their consistency in making exceptional offerings has been proven out over the years with the third party critical reviews attesting to this fact. Sourced from their own vineyards out of the Apalta Valley, the just released 2021 Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot is another beauty that showcases its French influence with its refined demeanor and medium bodied frame. Nice reviews with many more surely on the way, this is a classic take on Merlot from one of Chile’s premiere producers.

 

Winery: Lapostolle
Region: ,
Varietal: Merlot
SKU: 24.99 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot

$24.99

Awards/Reviews

94 pts James Suckling April 2023
Bright plums and cherries with some grilled spices and a touch of roasted red capsicums and tobacco, too. A layered and fresh merlot on the palate with a medium body and fine-grained tannins. Refined and juicy. Drink or hold.

91 pts Vinous June 2023
The 2021 Merlot Cuvee Alexandre from apalta was 1005 aged in used barrels for 10 months. Purplish-red in the glass. The nose presents red and black fruit, chocolate, vanilla, and hints of pepper, ash and tomato leaf. Intense a fairly structured in the mouth, the cool year lends this wine a refreshing juicy expression. A long-lasting wine from Apalta.

Winemaker Notes

Ruby red with cherry edge. Red fruit aromas such as cherries and strawberry with fresh herbs aromas and a touch of vanilla. Silky and elegant attack, medium bodied with plums and cherry flavors.

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1 review for Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2021

  1. Rick Eastes

    I used to enjoy Lapostolle Merlot, and other wines on business trips to Chile throughout the 1990s and early 2000s when I was a fresh fruit exporter from Chile to North America. I suspect some of the early vintages may have actually included some Carmenere which was ID’d in Merlot plantings in Chile in 1994. It was one of the few wines where the descriptive words ‘vanilla essence’ were pronounced.

    This version is drinkable but ‘just ok’ to my previous experiences. This wine had noticeably elevated tannins that diminished only moderately while decanting, giving the wine a ‘chewy’ mouthfeel. The ‘vanilla’ element was missing, making this wine, for me, suitable for mild fare, like pizza and perhaps sausage appetizers, for example. It is not a bad wine, but not up to my memory of more acclaimed Lapostolle vintages from the past. This wine may improve with some bottle aging, but I’m not convinced based on my tasting. Perhaps it is a value at the price? That would be a personal choice.

    • Libby G

      Libby G

      Thanks for the feedback Rick, sorry that this vintage wasn’t quite up to your expectations from past vintages, the wine has a good track record of offering consistency year in and year out, maybe some extra time in the bottle will allow the tannins to resolve themselves? Pizza and sausage appetizers sound like a good pairing 🙂

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