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Lapostolle La Parcelle 8 2015

Tasting Notes

Winery: Lapostolle
Region: ,
Varietal: Red Blend
SKU: LAPLAPAPA2015 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Lapostolle La Parcelle 8

$109.99

Awards/Reviews

98 pts James Suckling

Sweet blackberries, brambleberries and cigar tobacco with fresh flowers. Some cedar and mahogany, too. Full bodied with chewy tannins and chocolate, walnut and lightly toasted flavors. It’s just starting to come around. First commercially released wine from old-vine cabernet sauvignon, grown on its own rootstock with the vast majority from 1910. Originally it was just for the owners to drink. Fantastic. 12,000 bts made.

96 pts Decanter

A brand new wine created by Andrea León and Charles de Bournet from a parcel of century-old vines directly planted in the poor soils of Apalta, this is a tribute to the French spirit of the winery that takes full advantage of the quality of Cabernet from the region. Complex aromas of blueberries, blackcurrants, sweet spices and tobacco are followed by a good body, precise acidity, fine tannins and a liquorice aftertaste.

Winemaker Notes

One of the oldest vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon in Chile, if not in the world, is the origin of this story. Tucked away in the Colchagua Valley, near the town of Santa Cruz, the Apalta Valley was the place selected by a visionary in the 1910s who, using a unique French massal selection, planted this amazing vineyard. In 1994, Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet discovered these hundred-year-old ungrafted Cabernet Sauvignon vines whilst visiting Apalta. La Parcelle 8, the first plot the family saw upon arriving in the Valley, was this unique vineyard that would become the beginning of Lapostolle’s Chilean chapter.

The aim of La Parcelle 8 is to bring the finest expression of a Cabernet Sauvignon from their own vineyards. La Parcelle 8 has its origins in the Clos Apalta estate in the Apalta Valley, known throughout Chile for the quality of its red wines. The region’s particular soil and climate conditions make for very elegant, complex wines with great structure, depth, color and with an excellent aging potential.

La Parcelle 8 comes from a selected parcel of the Clos Apalta Estate, located in the Apalta Valley, near the town of Santa Cruz, 170 Kilometers Southwest of Santiago. The Tinguiririca river rests on the southern side, and the hills from the Coastal Cordillera surround the vineyard like a horseshoe. They are both integral in forming this unique terroir. This geography is responsible for the conditions that ensure balance for their vines and a slow ripening of the grapes. At sunrise and sunset, the Cordillera block the sun’s rays, limiting the vines’ exposure to intense sunshine, whilst the river has a cooling influence on the semi-dry Mediterranean climate.

Because Lapostolle’s mission is to express the terroir of Apalta, their winemaking process is very natural with minimal intervention.

COLOR: Beautiful deep red ruby color.

NOSE: Elegant and complex, opening towards intense fruit with herbs & spices.

PALATE: Classic structure with elegant tannins, flavors of fruit and black spices, and a long-lasting, velvety finish

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