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Least Expensive 100 Point Wine on the Market: 2015 Clos Apalta Now Available

The 2015 Clos Apalta was awarded a perfect 100 points by James Suckling. The winery was founded in 1994 in Apalta, Colchagua Valley by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband, Cyril de Bournet. Today, Charles de Bournet, seventh generation of the family legacy, runs the operations. With a blend of classic Bordeaux varieties and the benefits of the Chilean terroir, Clos Apalta produces elegant and complex wines.

The vineyard is located 170 kilometers southwest from Santiago in the Colchagua Valley, situated with north to south exposure. The Tinguiririca river runs along one side of the vineyard, with the Coastal Cordillera mountains surrounding the other side. The terroir allows for balance in the vineyard as well as a slow ripening of the grapes in order to reach their ideal maturity with high concentration and character. Basing Clos Apalta in Carmenère, the winery creates a wine which reflects the terroir. 95% of grapes are fermented in French oak vats, with 5% fermented in new French oak barrels. After fermentation and maceration, the winery racks the wine into new French oak barrels, where it ages for 26 months and is then bottled by gravity without any treatment or filtration.

The 2015 vintage, a blend of 46% Carmenère, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc, provides a full bodied, dense and powerful wine. With aromas of currant, berry, fresh herb, and wet earth notes, this wine has incredible character. James Suckling states that the 2015 Clos Apalta is “A monumental wine for Chile. Unbelievable.”

Also available is the 2015 Seña Red and the 2016 Almaviva. The 2015 Seña scored 100 points from Suckling. Don’t miss the opportunity to add these wines to your collection.

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2015 Clos Apalta (1 b) (100 JS) $109
Earliest anticipated arrival is April 2019.
“There is a subtle complexity on the nose with currant, berry, fresh herb and wet earth aromas. Cut fresh flowers, too. Full body, dense and powerful. Incredible character here with such purity and polish. It goes on for minutes. Formed, sculptured yet soulful. A monumental wine for Chile. Unbelievable. More powerful than the 2014 which was 100 points. A blend of 46% carmenere, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot and 5% cabernet franc. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. Better in 2022.” JamesSuckling.com, April 26, 2018

2015 Seña Red (1 b) (100 JS) $125
Earliest anticipated arrival is February 2019.
“Stunning aromas of blackcurrant, stone, blueberry and licorice. Also iodine. Floral. Perfumed. Full body, fantastic density of fruit and ripe tannins. It goes on for minutes on the palate with such energy and focus. Touch of chewiness on the finish. A complex and complete wine that delivers a generosity with firmness. Drink in 2021 but already a classic to drink.” JamesSuckling.com, July 26, 2018

2016 Almaviva (1 b) (97 JS) $135
Earliest anticipated arrival is April 2019.
“A very fine and elegant Almaviva with fresh fruit and herb character. Medium-to-full body, tight and focused with very fine, linear tannins and a chocolate and light cedar undertone to the whole thing. Savory, too. Smoked meat and succulent. It's tight but opens with air. Classicism here. 66% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenere, 8% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Drink in 2021.” JamesSuckling.com, March 16, 2018