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Lapostolle - Grand Selection Merlot 2015

Information

  • Country: Chile
  • Wine Region: Rapel Valley
  • Wine Maker: Michel Rolland & Jacques Begarie
  • Grape: Merlot
  • Grape Percentage: 85% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Syrah, 5% Petit Verdot
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Duty/Vat Paid
WS: 85 (2013) WE: 87 (2011) iwr: 88 (2011)

Wine tasting notes

Clean aromas of ripe red fruit dominate with sweet spices and notes of rosemary and herbes de Provence towards the end. Medium-bodied, well-balanced and fresh.

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

Wine Spectator (2013)85 pts

Green herbal notes provide fresh accents to the dried cherry and crushed berry flavors. Stemmy finish.

Wine Enthusiast (2011)87 pts

With dark-berry aromas and pointed toughness, this is a solid wine with creamy oak, some stickiness and a lactic element. Flavors of herbal dark fruits and minty oak lead to a dry, minty, hot and spicy finish with more than enough residual oak flavor. — M.S. (7/1/2013)

independent-wine-review (2011)88 pts

Once upon a time, Chilean Merlot such as this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Merlot offered easy drinking wines that were impressive value for money when purchased in the UK. These days however, with the exchange rate situation the way it is and ever increasing taxes on wine, it is much harder to find high quality Chilean Merlot at under £10 per bottle in the UK than it used to be. This 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Merlot is in fact a blend of 85% Merlot, 9% Carmenere, 3% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. All the grapes that compose this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Merlot were sourced from the Rapel Valley (South of Santiago) although around 40% of them were not sourced from Lapostolle owned vineyards. Instead they were drawn from a group of growers under long-term Lapostolle growing contracts. In the winery, this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Merlot was fermented in stainless steel tanks prior to 50% of this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Merlot then being matured for 6 months in French oak. All barrels were technically “barriques” (a standard size and 225 litres in capacity) and had been used once or twice previously. A pretty intense ruby red colour in the glass, this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Merlot offers up aromas of ripe red cherries, damsons and sweet, oak-derived spices. There are indications of some darker and richer fruit aromas too, although overall on the nose there is wonderful sense of fragrance to this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Merlot. On the palate, this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Merlot gorgeously supple and medium to full bodied. There is a ripeness and plumpness to the fruit flavours of this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Merlot that is inherently appealing. Whilst the red fruits from the nose of this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Merlot are present, here on the palate it is really slightly darker cherry and blackberry notes that offer additional depth. Sweet flavours of clove spice are impressively well integrated as are the sleek and ripe tannins of this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Merlot. In terms of aging potential, whilst this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Merlot may offer a further developments in bottle in the short-term, it could be suggested that this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Merlot will be most enjoyable in its current fruit forward form and will drink well at any point in the next couple of years. Value for Money: 7/10 – Typically priced at just under £10 in wine merchants, this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Merlot is a good wine available at a fair price.

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 by a state of the art optical 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 maceration 100% of the wine was aged in French Oak barrels to add an extra layer of complexity. The result is great fruit expression with a smooth and pleasant palate.