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Lapostolle - Grand Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Information

  • Country: Chile
  • Wine Region: Rapel Valley
  • Wine Maker: Michel Rolland & Jacques Begarie
  • Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Grape Percentage: 93% Sauvignon Blanc and 7% Semillón.
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Duty/Vat Paid
VS: 88 (2009) JR: 16.5 (2007) WS: 83 (2013) TC: 86 (2009) iwr: 86 (2011)

Wine tasting notes

Brilliant pale lime yellow. Intense fruit aromas of sweet citrus, tropical fresh fruit and mineral notes. Light and fresh palate, with pleasant roundness and a grassy finish.

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 (2009)88 pts

Tasted March 2010 - Green-gold color. Smoky peach and yellow plum on the nose, with a subtle lemon note adding energy. Fleshy and a touch sweet, with deep orchard fruit and melon flavors and firmer orange and lemon pith qualities. Finishes with good breadth and lingering citrus character.

JancisRobinson.com (2007)16.5 pts

Once you get through the reductive aromas (struck match and a little sulphurous), this shows gentle creamy richness thanks to the 10% Sémillon and lees ageing. More subtle in style than many varietal Sauvignons but pretty powerful. Would benefit from decanting, I think. 14.5% (JH).

Wine Spectator (2013)83 pts

Web Only 2015 - Crisp, with some tropical fruit overtones to the ripe apple flavors. Earthy finish.

Tom Cannavan (2009)86 pts

From Rapel, with a dash of Semillon from 80-year-old vines. Tight, apple and green fruit, a hint of spice. On the palate quite fleshy and full, but vibrant too, with a great sweet core of tropical fruit, but that apple acidity and bit of grapefruit kicking in on a food friendly style.

independent-wine-review (2011)86 pts

This 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Sauvignon Blanc is in fact 89% Sauvignon Blanc and 11% Semillon. 57% of the grapes destined for this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Sauvignon Blanc were Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes estate grown by the Lapostolle winery and 43% were sourced from growers under long term contract to the Lapostolle winery. All grapes destined for this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Sauvignon Blanc were however picked at night in order to protect the freshness and fruit flavours of this wine. Once transported to the Lapostolle winery, the Sauvignon Blanc grapes for this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Sauvignon Blanc were fermented in stainless steel tanks for around four weeks. Once fermentation was over, a period of 1.5 months maturation on the “lees” (waste particulates resulting from fermentation) was permitted in ordered to enhance the complexity of this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Sauvignon Blanc. The Semillon component of this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Sauvignon Blanc was vinified separaty to the Sauvignon Blanc and was added to this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Sauvignon Blanc just prior to bottling. In the glass, this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Sauvignon Blanc is a pale lemon colour with greenish tinges also evident. The alcoholic content of this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Sauvignon Blanc is pretty typical for Chilean Sauvignon Blanc at 13.5% abv. Citrus fruits lead the aromas of this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Sauvignon Blanc with lime from the Sauvignon Blanc and lemon citrus from the Semillon component of this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Sauvignon Blanc working well together. Also in evidence are aromas of gooseberry and perhaps a hint of melon. On the palate this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Sauvignon Blanc is dry and crisp. The rampant acidity of much Chilean Sauvignon Blanc has been softened slightly by the inclusion of the Semillon and the outcome is a wine in the shape of this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Sauvignon Blanc that seems more balanced as a result. Citrus fruits of good intensity form the bulk of the palate as you might expect, although there is a degree of textural sophistication to this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Sauvignon Blanc that lifts it above some of its competitors. Much like the 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Chardonnday, this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Sauvignon Blanc ought to be drunk whilst it is young and fresh. (Don’t cellar this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Sauvignon Blanc). This 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Sauvignon Blanc will also pair well with simply prepared seafood dishes. Value for Money: 7/10 – Available at just under £10 per bottle in the UK, this 2011 Lapostolle “Casa” Sauvignon Blanc represents fair value.

Vinification Notes

100% of our Sauvignon Blanc from Las Kuras vineyard was hand-harvested at night. We began night harvest with the 2009 vintage because it allowed us to enhance the fruit and the freshness of the wine (in addition to saving some cooling energy at the cellar). At this point of the process, we do all we can to preserve the fruit and acidity. Natural decantation in tanks followed, with slow and low temperature fermentation in stainless steel tanks and 1 month of ageing in lees. We added 7% of Semillon coming from old vines of Apalta.