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Lapostolle - Grand Selection Carmenere 2015

Information

  • Country: Chile
  • Wine Region: Rapel Valley
  • Wine Maker: Michel Rolland & Jacques Begarie
  • Grape: Carmenere
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.1%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2021
Duty/Vat Paid
VS: 89 (2008) WS: 83 (2012) WE: 90 (2009) TC: 88 (2008) iwr: 89 (2010)

Wine tasting notes

Intense purple color. Nose: Black and red fruit mixed with some spiciness and white chocolate aromas. Palate: Medium structure with great acidity and juicy red fresh fruit

Winery Information

Lapostolle

Lapostolle was originally a joint French and Chilean operation, and is well known to UK wine drinkers, even though it was only established as recently as 1994. The Marnier-Lapostolle family, the French half of the original partnership, are probably best known for the Grand Marnier liqueur...

Expert Reviews

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2008)89 pts

Mar/Apr 10. By Josh Raynolds. Inky ruby. Ripe aromas of cassis, blueberry, dark chocolate and spicecake. Lush and broad, with seductive sweetness and good lift to the dark berry and cherry flavors. Finishes sweet, with good creamy length and fine tannins.

Wine Spectator (2012)83 pts

Web Only 2014 - A peppery, green and leafy red, with notes of tobacco to the dried berry and plum flavors. Firm finish.

Wine Enthusiast (2009)90 pts

If this isn’t the best value-priced Carmenère being made in Chile, then what is? It’s big, broad and chubby on the nose, with nearly perfect black fruit, herb, spice and tobacco aromas. The palate is full and mildly tannic, with layered, generous flavors of blackberry, spice and chocolate. Toasty and long on the finish.

Tom Cannavan (2008)88 pts

New wine, not yet on the market. 75% of the blend spent 10 months in oak. Quite meaty, with a touch of herbal, dry, almost dusty quality. Something coffeeish too, with a big, sour cherry bite of acidity on the palate and plenty of juicy, black and red fruit. A really nice Carmenère this, with lots of substance and fine, grippy tannic balance.

Miscellaneous (2011)

Globe & Mail, Toronto - "Full-bodied and polished in texture, this is one structured red showing great fruit purity and good ripeness for a grape sometimes considered overly herbal. Lapostolle does it right – and at a fine price. I love the subtle charred-wood, campfire note lurking in the background as well as the tight, bright acidity."

independent-wine-review (2010)89 pts

Whilst all of the wines in Lapostolle’s “Casa” range have been found to offer highly quality wine at a reasonable price this year, this 2010 Lapostolle “Casa” Carmenere is the real star of the range this year. Made from a grape which is increasingly revealing itself to be one of Chile’s best viticultural exports, this 2010 Lapostolle “Casa” Carmenere must surely make it onto that list too. Sourced entirely from the Rapel Valley, the Carmenere fruit for this 2010 Lapostolle “Casa” Carmenere was primarily sourced from Lapostolle’s excellent Apalta vineyard with the remainder sourced from long-term contract growers. After fermentation in stainless steel, 58% of this 2010 Lapostolle “Casa” Carmenere was aged in French oak barrels for 6 months. The remainder of this 2010 Lapostolle “Casa” Carmenere was then held in stainless steel tanks prior to blending and bottling. In the glass this 2010 Lapostolle “Casa” Carmenere is an intense ruby red with vivid purple tinges. Complex and pronounced, the nose of this 2010 Lapostolle “Casa” Carmenere reveals a mix of red and black fruits, along with well integrated spice notes. Dry and fairly full bodied on the palate, this 2010 Lapostolle “Casa” Carmenere reveals why Carmenere is garnering so many awards at the moment. Primarily black cherry led, this 2010 Lapostolle “Casa” Carmenere also offers flavours damsons, prunes and redcurrant. Beautifully layered in this 2010 Lapostolle “Casa” Carmenere, these fruit notes are interspersed by the sweet spice nuance of high quality and intelligently blended oak. The tannin structure of this 2010 Lapostolle “Casa” Carmenere is firm but well integrated. This 2010 Lapostolle “Casa” Carmenere finishes long and supple. Drinking impressively well already, there isn’t really a need to cellar this 2010 Lapostolle “Casa” Carmenere, although this wine will survive five years in bottle should you chose to put a bottle or two away. Whilst all of the wines in the Lapostolle “Casa” range offer good value, this 2010 Lapostolle “Casa” Carmenere is the real bargain of the range. Quality Carmenere normally costs more than this.

Vinification Notes

All the grapes were harvested by hand in small cases of 14 kilos and carefully transported to the winery. We obtained clean and pure fruit with strict quality control thanks to the state of the art technology, our Vistalys optical berries selection. Then all the grapes were macerated up to 4 weeks to extract structure and colour. During maceration, the fermentation lasted about 2 weeks in stainless steel tanks, at 28-30° C, utilizing native yeast. After fermentation 58% of the wine was aged in French Oak barrels to add an extra layer of complexity but keep the expression of the fruit.