B-21 Top Recommendation
The Marnier Lapostolle family, founders of the ribbon-adorned liqueur brand Grand Marnier, have had a simple philosophy with Clos Apalta says Charles Bournet Marnier-Lapostolle, "to make world-class wines using our French know-how of generations in wine and spirit production, together with the unique Chilean terroir." The notion of a singular wine called Clos Apalta from old vine blocks began when the fruit of the exceptional 1997 vintage was tasted. The grapes for Clos Apalta are sourced from two blocks of very old Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 1920 and 1940. (Merlot was added to the blend with later releases). Clos Apalta's blend is dominated by the grape Carmenere, with both its Carmenere and Cabernet from un-grafted pre-phylloxera vines. This cepage really sets Clos Apalta apart among Chile's top wines. First 2014 Clos Apalta was rated 100 points by James Suckling, followed by the 2015, again rated 100 points. Top wines of the Andes have indeed arrived.