Casa Lapostolle tour
Casa Lapostolle tour, Chile
This winery is owned by the Marnier-Lapostolle (of Grand Marnier fame), who have generations of experience producing some of the finest wines from the Loire Valley, including Chateau Sancerre. Ground at their vineyards was first broken in 1994 and not to produce bulk wine, the original intent was to make some of the best wines any one had ever come across. The results have been pretty spectacular.
With vines growing in the Casablanca, Requinoa and Apalta valleys the quality of the product has been advancing steadily over the years. The 'Classic' range has been designed to produce easily accessible varietals that can be drunk young but still have great character. The next step up the ladder are the Cuvee Alexandre varietals which are produced in much smaller quantities and have proved to be incredibly popular in the UK.
At the top of the tree you will find Clos Apalta, a blend of Carmenere, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. First produced in 1997 the early vintages are really starting to develop into something special, more recent wines certainly have potential but are perhaps a touch unapproachable as yet.