Earlier this week we see the release of the 20th-anniversary special bottling of the 100-point 2017 Clos Apalta.
Clos Apalta was founded in 1994 by the Bournet-Lapostolle family who remain in charge of the estate today. They farm some of the world’s oldest ungrafted vines which they use to create a Bordeaux-style wine based on the Carmenere grape.
The 2017 vintage saw a hot summer followed by a cooler March just as the grapes were coming to full ripeness. That meant ripe tannins, an intensity of flavour with real aromatic freshness and finesse. The resulting wines were the perfect 100 point Clos Apalta and a great value 96 point Le Petit Clos.
With this in mind, I am delighted to offer the following, with reviews by James Suckling.
6 x 75cl 2017 Clos Apalta @ £447 per case 6 IB
100 points…..”What a stunning nose of crushed berries, fresh flowers, sandalwood and light vineyard dust. Black olives, too. Very complex. Full-bodied with a beautiful, dense palate of blackberries, chocolate, walnuts and cigar box. Fantastic length and composure. The tannin just rolls over the palate. Very structured. The most classically structured wine ever from here. Goes on for minutes. Outrageous and so polished. A blend of 48% Carmenere, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Try after 2025.” – James Suckling
6 x 75cl, 2017 Le Petit Clos @ £135 per case 6 IB
96 points…..“This is so delicious with blackcurrants, spice, sweet tobacco, lavender and roses. Full-bodied, tight and very polished with gorgeous texture and finesse. Shows tannin tension at the end. A blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon, the rest cabernet franc. Better after 2022.” – James Suckling
Wines available in November. Let me know what is of interest and I will confirm. Payment on Invoice. E & OE.
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