In a nutshell: A rich and spicy Chilean red blend.
The lowdown: This blend of four grape varieties, Syrah, Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from fruit grown in the Rapel Valley is made with minimal intervention and as naturally as possible in line with Lapostolle's philosophy. Fermentation is done using wild yeasts and the wine is subject to only very light filtration before bottling. The result is a really elegant and well balanced wine. On the nose are ripe black fruit aromas with a bit of subtle spiciness while on the palate the ripe fruits carry through together with the richness of coffee and chocolate added in. The well integrated tannins give it an excellent stucture.
When to drink: It makes a good companion to slow cooked meat dishes such as hearty stews and casseroles.
Owned by the Marnier-Lapostolle family (of Grand Marnier fame) the business was founded in 1994 by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet. The winery is situated in Cunaco, near the town of Santa Cruz in the Colchagua wine producing region of the country.
They own 370 hectares of vineyards in three regions each chosen for its affinity to particular grape varieties; Casablance for Chardonnay and Pinot, Requinoa for Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet and Apalta for Merlot, Cabernet and Carmenère. In recet years they've converted to biodynamic viticulture somwnthing that underscores their commitment to quality and sustainability.