Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

 

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Lapostolle
Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
  • Vintage : 2018
  • Country : Chile
  • Region : Colchagua Valley
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Deep Full Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14,5°
  • Grappes : 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Carménère

An intense nose of plum, cassis and berry fruit with smoky/spicy notes leads to an attractive, concentrated palate, with plenty of power up front but a delicacy and finesse despite its full body.

Experts Score Vintage
TA Tim Atkin 92 2018
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 90 2018
JS James Suckling 90 2018
WS Wine Spectator 91 2015
RP Robert Parker 91 2015
WE Wine Enthusiast 91 2013
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About the Vineyard

Apalta is located 170 Kilometres South West of Santiago in the Colchagua Valley. The Vineyard is situated on a North to South exposure, which is quite rare in Chile.  Apalta has special meso- climate that is different from the rest of Colchagua Valley. Its climate could be described as semi- arid Mediterranean; with a winter only rainy season and a long dry summer season.

Wine Production

As a general winemaking philosophy, in our Cuvée Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon we look for elegance, balance and ageing potential. To express the terroir of Apalta is our mission; so, our winemaking philosophy remains very natural a process with minimal intervention. Our key points are 100% hand harvest in small cases of 14 kilos, strict fruit selection by 100% optical state of the art grape selection. Gentle extraction methods and a judicious use of oak to preserve the fruit but integrate the complexity that a wine of this quality deserves.  

Tasting Notes

Intense, deep red color with purple edges. Expressive and intense nose with cassis and black currant aromas. Elegant palate with round and persistent tannins, with fresh cherry along with a light toast flavor.

Tim Atkin (TA) : 92 Points (2018)
There’s no new oak at all on this Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend with 15% Cabernet Franc and Carmenère, allowing the ripe, full-flavoured plum and blackberry fruit to express itself. The tannins add structure, the acidity welcome freshness.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 90 Points (2018)
Macerated for 30 days after fermentation, this Cabernet Sauvignon from Apalta, Colchagua, really turns up the volume. On the nose it presents red fruits, cherries and cassis over an expressive bed of spices, where white pepper comes to the fore. It enters the mouth with a lush flourish in which the tannins soon take over, backed up by 14 months in new and used barrels. It’ll be a little while before they’re truly polished.

James Suckling (JS) : 90 Points (2018)
Macerated for 30 days after fermentation, this Cabernet Sauvignon from Apalta, Colchagua, really turns up the volume. On the nose it presents red fruits, cherries and cassis over an expressive bed of spices, where white pepper comes to the fore. It enters the mouth with a lush flourish in which the tannins soon take over, backed up by 14 months in new and used barrels. It’ll be a while before they’re truly polished

Wine Spectator (WS) : 91 Points (2015)
Juicy, with good cut to the dark cherry, dried blueberry and kirsch flavors, supported by fresh acidity. Coffee bean notes come in midpalate, with dark chocolate accents on the finish. Drink now through 2023.

Robert Parker (RP) : 91 Points (2015)
The 2015 Cuvée Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon was produced with a field blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc planted in 1920 in Apalta. It's a classical expression from Colchagua, with some fennel notes and abundant but fine-grained tannins and good length. 85,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2016.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 91 Points (2013)
Dark spice, rubber, tree bark and herbal black-fruit aromas are congruent. This big tough tannic Cabernet is layered but hard as nails. Flavors of black fruits, chocolate, fig and dark spices finish with toughness and charred oak. Drink through 2024.

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Cuvee Alexandre Syrah 2015
RP
88
WE
91
JS
95
Expressive notes of white and black pepper, meaty tones and black and red fruit, as well as an elegant touch of oak. The palate is full, round and velvety with a long finish.
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Lapostolle Clos Apalta 2017
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Clos Apalta 2017
WS
94
RP
95
DCT
94
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Grand Selection Chardonnay 2018
W&S
90
JS
91
WS
89
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JS
92
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RP
90
TA
90
JS
93
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JS
94
WS
88
WE
92
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Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Carmenère 2016
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RP
90
WE
87
TA
93
A remarkably sleek, refined Carmenère, which really brings out the grape’s mineral side while balancing power and elegance on a knife edge. The palate is charged with ripe, focused blackcurrant fruit, the finish long and satisfying.
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RP
90
WE
90
JS
92
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WS
89
JS
91
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JS
92
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JS
92
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RP
94
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Lapostolle Le Petit Clos Apalta 2014
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JS
93
W&S
93
WE
92
Le Petit Clos is a different interpretation of the Clos Apalta Terroir, using the mastery of blending that is the heart of the winemaking philosophy from the Domaines Bournet - Lapostolle.  Winter 2014 was considered as rainy in Apalta, with higher temperature compared to the previous season, moving from a minimum of 4,5C to 14.7 C maximum.  Spring 2014 had moderate temerapture allowing for good bud break and blooming.  
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