2019 Lapostolle "Cuvée Alexandre - Apalta Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley

SKU #1545970 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Very pretty currant, blackberry and floral aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, silky tannins and a chewy finish. Give it two or three years to soften. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark I was surprised by the varietal purity of the 2019 Cuvée Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon despite being blended with some 9% Carménère, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, which probably adds complexity and more Bordeaux character to the bottled wine. But it also has Chilean character, balsamic and round, with good acidity and pungent flavors. It was fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in French oak barrels for 16 months. It's quite classical. (LG) Inner quote mark (8/2021)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark On the nose it presents dried plums, cherries and mint over an expressive bed of spices in which white pepper mingles with cigar box aromas. In the mouth, it begins with a lush flourish of grippy tannins that won’t be truly polished for a little while. A compact, elegant and potent wine. (JH) 91+ Inner quote mark (5/2021)

K&L Notes

92 points Tim Atkin MW: "A field blend planted in the 1920s supplies the grapes for this cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon with 14% Carménère, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Dry farmed and picked in three stages, it's a forward, sweet, slightly jammy red with tobacco leaf and balsamic notes, supple tannins and a cocoon of sweet wood. One for earlier drinking."

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2021 | Send Email
It’s been too long since I’ve had Chilean Cabernet. Really, right from the get go, the aromas had me stunned. Quince, cassis, soft notes of bell pepper are all on display here in a beautifully complex nose that has suddenly reminded me of how great Chilean cab can be. On the medium side of full bodied, with a nice, crisp bite this has just enough tannin to be unapologetic. Exactly the way I like my Cabernet. The sweetness of fruit really comes through at the back palate and carries to the finish with black cherry and ripe strawberry. Without a doubt this is stone-cold great wine. And at it’s price, it is an absolute steal.

By: Tim Telli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2021 | Send Email
Apalta is located about 100 miles SW of Santiago in the Colchagua Valley of Chile. The wine is very aromatic with dark Cabernet flavors of cassis and blackberries and a nice mineral core. They only use 17% new French oak for the ageing so the wine doesn't show any obvious wood influence letting the fruit better show its terroir. I found the fruit flavors and structure bear a resemblance to Bordeaux more than say Napa. The blend here is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Carmenere, from vines planted in the 1920's. This is a great value in the world of Cabernet Sauvignon and shows that Chile is capable of producing wines that rival those of any country in the world. Drink now or hold.

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/25/2021 | Send Email
I think it's time that we as a wine drinking community accept that some of the worlds best wine is now coming from the Southern Hemisphere. It's not just the price, which is a nice perk for the quality of wine, but truly the quality of wine has advanced leaps and bounds! This vintage of the Cuvee Alexandre holds its own with California Cabs 3x the price but offers a focus and harmony that is lost in some of the powerhouse Napa wines. The nose is all cassis, plum, fresh turned soil, and iced tea. The palate is wonderful, rich, elegant and fruity mixed with some power from the tannins, savory beef and tobacco with a hint of smoke. The price does this an injustice, it's worth well more than $20 but I'm thrilled we have it at that because that means more people get to try this amazing bottle!

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2021 | Send Email
A nose of cherry jam jar, with rose hips, baking spices, and a touch of cocoa powder and toasted oak. On the palate, it starts off very velvety, with plush, dark red fruits, cassis, blueberry and a hint of white pepper. Dry tannins on the finish with a touch of chalkiness at the back of the throat. There's not much else that one could ask of a wine that is under $20.00! I'd let it air for a bit or decant (I tasted it after it was open several hours). It will also make a super-bargain cellar addition.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2021 | Send Email
The Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre delivers another exceptional Cabernet. We should not be surprised, as this has been one of the most dependable Cabernet Sauvignons in the world for the last 15-20 years, and it has become consistently better over the last 5 years. This region's fame comes directly from the iconic Lapostolle “Clos Apalta”. They put this horseshoe-shaped region firmly on the map for international wine drinkers and collectors, even though we would struggle to find it on a map. The sheltered aspect and granitic soils are ideal not only for Cabernet but also Carménère. The winery has been using biodynamic farming principles and working towards more sustainability, and it is that extra attention that they have been paying to their vineyards that has driven them to new heights recently. Those efforts are clearly apparent on the nose. There is a purity to this wine. It is cassis and kirsch backed with a subtle seasoning of French oak. Behind the fruit and spice is a savory note that comes from the small percentage of Carménère to the blend as well as a faint, dusty, mountain herbal note that I find frequently in Chilean wines. The nose is pure, complex, and composed, but no one aspect dominates. That being said, with that first sip the fruit rushes and crashes across your palate like a flash flood down a narrow canyon. Cassis, black berries, dark cherries, and other darker concentrated fruits that are carrying with them fine oak spice and mountain herbs. After that initial surge, the wine settles and regains its composure. The mix of dark fruits and berries persists, framed by polished tannins and subtle oak. This wine only sees 17% new oak, again in an effort to showcase the efforts in the vineyards. The finish is where that savory Carménère shows up again just to highlight the fruit. For all of the talk of ripe fruit, the wine is very dry. It is one of the things that I enjoy the most with Chilean Cabernets—they have that West Coast ripeness but the dryness that you associate with European reds. This wine will age and develop nicely over the next five years, but who are we kidding? This will be long gone before then. This is more than everyday Cabernet even though it is priced as one. It will elevate any occasion, and it is perfect for keeping the good times rolling.

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