Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Merlot 2014 75cl 14.5% ABV
Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Merlot 2014
This iconic Merlot has an expressive nose, with fresh black fruit aromas, spices, red pepper and bitter chocolate. The palate is smooth and well balanced, with a generous structure and a long finish.
Following a manual harvest, grapes underwent a strict selection; three-quarters optical and one quarter by hand. Wild-yeast fermentation in both stainless steel and wooden vats lasted for 4-5 weeks, with skin contact throughout. This Red Wine was aged for fifteen months in French oak barrels, with thirty-nine percent new wood, and was then bottled without fining, and only the lightest of filtration.
Lapostolle is owned by the Marnier-Lapostolle family (of Grand Marnier fame), and since the winery's foundation in 1994 has pursued an uncompromising approach to quality. Their objective is simple as it is ambitious: to create world-class wines using French expertise and the superb terroir of Chile.
Grapes for this cuvee are all grown in Lapostolles Apalta vineyard, certified organic and biodynamic. It is situated on a north-south exposure, has a river on one side, and hills surrounding the rest of the vineyard like a horseshoe. Soils for the Merlot vines are a mixture of colluvial granitic and alluvial/sandy.