Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Recently, I was lucky enough to attend a Lapostolle tasting with my fellow WineAlign Cru members. What a wonderful way to spend an evening, especially since Charles de Bournet Marnier Lapostolle, son of Lapostolle owner Alexandra Lapostolle, was our host. This was my first experience with Lapostolle (my newbie-ness was definitely showing) and I was very excited to sample these unique Chilean wines.

I know a little about biodynamic winemaking because of the number of Ontario wineries that have incorporated the practice and I was pleased to hear that Lapostolle is also looking at the importance of ecologically safe practices in their winemaking. Charles spoke passionately about why this was important – not simply to create sustainable wine regions, but because of the impact that chemicals can have on the people working in the vineyards. I was very impressed by how genuine his interest in sustainable winemaking and biodiversity was.

2012 Casa Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc

With green apple, citrus, peach and flint on the nose, good acid, a bit of bite and less fruit on the palate than on the nose, this was definitely different than a New Zealand Sauv Blanc.  I liked the minerality and found this one to be a refreshing, subtle sipper.

2011 Chateau de Sancerre Blanc

Pale straw in colour with tropical fruit, peach and lychee on the nose, this had high acidity and tropical fruit on the palate. It was smoother than the Sauv Blanc with a very nice finish.

2011 Cuvee Alexandre Chardonnay

Named after the creator of Grand Marnier, Cuvee Alexander is a lovely gold colour and has lots of oak, with buttered popcorn, honey and creamed corn on the nose, as well as tropical fruit and pear. I’m not a huge fan of oaky Chardonnay, but I liked this. There was tropical fruit on the palate and a good, round mouth feel.

2011 Casa Grand Selection Carmenere

I know a few people who are pretty down on Carmenere, so I was surprised that this was my overall favourite wine of the tasting. I haven’t had a lot of experience with the grape, but this was pretty good in my opinion. I liked the cherry vanilla, chocolate and coffee on the nose and the more savoury notes of white pepper as this opened up. The tannins are light and it’s got a nice warmth on the palate. Tasty!

2011 Cuvee Alexander Merlot

Cherry, plum, stewed fruit and spicy strawberry on the nose, this had more tannin and a sweet and spicy finish. An interesting wine that might be even better with age.

2011 Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon

Spice, menthol, chocolate, coffee and red fruits on the nose, very fine tannins and fruit forward this one could easily age for quite a while and be just as drinkable. I’d love to taste it again in a few years and see how it has evolved. 

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Many thanks to Trialto Wine Group, Lapostolle and WineAlign for the invitation to this event.

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