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Clos Apalta Valle de Apalta Rouge 2019  - First Bottle


99 James Suckling -
A generous array of ripe black and blue fruit with pink peppercorns, green olives, dried flowers, toffee and chocolate orange. It’s full-bodied with firm, creamy and velvety tannins. Long and polished. Lovely salted caramel and olives at the end. Keeps going. Unfolds on the finish. 70% carmenere, 18% merlot, 8% cabernet sauvignon and 4% petit verdot.
97 Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux -
This is more sculpted and cerebral than the Petit Clos, so if you are looking for exuberance and punch, go for the 2nd wine, but this takes things up a level. Star bright blueberry and cassis fruits, raspberry leaf, white pepper cocoa bean and lemongrass and a ton of slate-scrape tannins. A brilliant wine from a warm and dry vintage, that they have successfully navigated. One of the highest proportions of Carménère to date, with 90% new oak for ageing, then one year in bottle before release.
96 Vinous -
The 2019 Clos Apalta from Apalta, Colchagua, was aged for 24 months in 90% new French barrels. Dark purple in the glass. The complex, nuanced nose offers mild notes of mint, pyrazines, ash and ripe dark fruit such as blackberry and blueberry with hints of undergrowth and tobacco, cedar and other aromas from the aging process. In the mouth, it’s indulgent and compact initially with refined, slightly reactive, young tannins, an expansive flow and a rich palate that delivers herbal flavors before the sustained, fruity finish. The good year has helped to enhance the depth of an already accomplished red with a well-proven ripe style.
95 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2019 Clos Apalta was produced with a blend of 70% Carmenere, 18% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, extremely high in Carmenere and low in Cabernet Sauvignon in a ripe and warm year. It fermented with indigenous yeasts for four to five weeks, with manual punch-down of the cap, 67% in 7,500-liter French oak vats and 33% in new French oak barrels followed by malolactic in new French oak barrels. The élevage was 24 months in 90% new barrels and 10% second use. It's powerful, big and ripe, with 15% alcohol and a pH of 3.57. It's creamy and juicy, with very high ripeness and a notable absence of herbal notes; it's oaky, smoky and decadent, coming through as luxurious, round, lush and velvety. It's full-bodied and has abundant, small and powdery tannins.
95 Wine Spectator -
Balances muscle and grace in a complex package, with geranium and floral peppercorn-accented red currant notes up front, while the core is densely packed with blackberry and plum flavors that swirl around spiced chocolate details and swell with lively acidity. Ends with mineral twinges, firming tannins and a final wave of kirsch and chocolate. Carmenère, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2035. 8,662 cases made, 350 cases imported.

Technical Details

  • Blend70% Carmenere, 18% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot
  • WinemakerJacques Begarie
  • CountryChile
  • RegionColchagua Valley
  • AppellationApalta
  • Farming MethodBiodynamic Practices
  • Aging/Cooperage24 months in French oak barrels, 90% new and 10% second use
  • Residual Sugar2.67 g/L
  • Harvest Date3/14/19-5/13/19
  • Alcohol15%
  • PH3.57

Clos Apalta Valle de Apalta Rouge 2019

Red Blends  |  Chile
JS99, JA97, VN96, WA95, WS95

Biodynamic Practices
23% off retail!

A Bordeaux blend like no other coming from some of the oldest vineyards in the Colchagua Valley – planted over 100 years ago! This is a polished, racy, and sexy beast of wine – somewhere between Napa’s plushness and Bordeaux’s depth. 99, 96, 95 POINTS from the top critics...this is a must-have at any price! At our killer deal? Not to be missed!

Truly one of the great wines in the world! No expense is spared in the creation of Clos Apalta, which continues to be amongst the greatest wines in the Southern Hemisphere. Charles de Bournet Marnier Lapostolle, the seventh generation of the family, Jacques Begarie, Technical Director & Winemaker, with the advice of the famous winemaker, Michel Rolland, make MASTERPIECES year after year. 2019 is one of the greatest yet!! All are sourced from the family's organic and biodynamic certified vineyards, a relative rarity in the area. When we tasted it, we needed to sit down for a minute – simply to ponder the sheer, encapsulating pleasure that flooded over us.

SOARING, perfumey, densely packed aromas of blackberry, cassis, cedar, olive, cardamon, balsam, and baker’s chocolate. Incredibly fine and finessed, yet powerful. Simply epic – you know right away you’re drinking something EXTRA SPECIAL. 99 POINTS easily, and surprisingly well-priced for a wine of this stature.

70% carmenère, 18% merlot, 8% cabernet sauvignon, 4% petit verdot – all fermented and aged in oak (mostly oak tuns, but some micro-ferms in brand new French oak barrels.) Full malolactic occurs in barrels, where the wine ages for a full two years (90% new) before bottling unfined and unfiltered. Still can’t get over having pristinely polished this is...velvety and smooth as anything you’ve ever tasted!

Just a MUST for collectors! While it lasts, of course!

About the Producer

In its short history, Clos Apalta wines have consistently ranked highly (90+ points) among reputable wine trade publications, a testament of the rigorous standards implemented at the winery to produce outstanding wines. Everything started in 1994 when Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet first arrived in Chile’s Colchagua Valley. They quickly realized its potential for producing world-class wines. This ideal setting, which was revitalized in 1995, was home to vines originating from pre-phylloxera rootstock brought from Bordeaux in the middle of XIX century. Charles de Bournet Marnier Lapostolle, seventh generation of the family, who holds the reins of the Winery. Together with him is Jacques Begarie, Technical Director & Winemaker, under the advice of the famous winemaker Michel Rolland, who is personally involved in the whole production of Clos Apalta.