Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet 2018 (Chile) Rated 95JS
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James Suckling Review
Rated 95 Points
The blackcurrants and violets are impressive on the nose with hints of slate. Full-bodied, yet always refined and in check. Linear and tight. Black olives and blue fruit at the finish. Drink after 2021.
The aroma on the 2018 Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon sucks you right into the glass. It opens with lots of dark fruit and well-integrated baking spice along with some beautiful floral notes. Tasting reveals a smooth and lush Cab with lots of ripe, juicy, rich fruit plus plenty of spice, cola, licorice, a little bit of mint, a touch of chocolate and just a hint of a herbal green note. It really opens up nicely after a couple hours in the glass. With great depth of flavor this is a tremendously tasty Cab. It ends dry, slightly grippy and very long with all the flavors from the palate lingering for quite a while on the finish.
Wine Tasting Notes
Intense and deep red color with purple edges. Expressive and intense with cassis and black currant aromas. Elegant with round and persistent tannins, with fresh cherry along with a light toast flavor.
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.
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.
Sourced from our own vineyards, Cuvée Alexandre wines express our dedication to quality and the expression of the Terroir of Lapostolle Wines. The season started with cold and rainy winter in 2017, leaving enough water reserves in the ground. Spring did not register important frosts and moved forward with good conditions allowing excellent bud break. Dec-Feb '18 maximum temperatures where moderate, extending berry set, veraison and ripening. March was fresh allowing slow sugar accumulation without losing acidity, key to obtaining wines of great balance. Fall was free of rains allowing the latest varieties to be harvested during optimal dates.
Keep for many years or decant and serve at 16°C (60°F). High flavouring dishes as lamb shank with herbs or pork fillet with mustard and honey.