Clos Apalta "Le Petit Clos" 2016 (Colchagua Valley, Chile) - [JS 96] [RP 93+] [WS 93]

Clos Apalta "Le Petit Clos" 2016
(Colchagua Valley, Chile) - [JS 96] [RP 93+] [WS 93]

Regular price $65.00 Sale price $59.97 Save $5.03

JS96 RP93+ WS93
Notes from the Winemaker:
Deep and intense red color with purple and cherry edges. Intense fruit expression with black fruit such as maqui berry and cassis well mixed with red fruit such as cherry and plums. Slightly spiced with anise and cedar notes. Delicate fresh violets fragrance. Big structure and good volume, balance with a remarkable acidity

Le Petit Clos is a different interpretation of the Clos Apalta Terroir, using the mastery of blending that is the heart of the winemaking philosophy from the Domaines Bournet - Lapostolle. Winter 2014 was considered as rainy in Apalta, with higher temperature compared to the previous season, moving from a minimum of 4,5C to 14.7 C maximum. Spring 2014 had moderate temerapture allowing for good bud break and blooming.
About the Vineyard

Apalta is located at 170 Kilometers South West from Santiago in the Colchagua Valley. The Vineyard is situated on a North to South exposure, which is quite rare in Chile. This geography is responsible for the conditions that ensure balance for our vines and a slow ripening for the grapes.

Ratings & Reviews

96 Points - James Suckling:
"A juicy and delicious second wine from Clos Apalta. Beautiful, ripe and delicious with dark berries and mushrooms. Full-bodied and very balanced with complex walnut, spice and berry character. Dark chocolate and hazelnuts at the finish. Drinkable now, but better in 2022. (Feb 2019)

93+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The "second wine" here, the 2016 Le Petit Clos is a very different blend from the 2015; it is now mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with just 4% Merlot and 1% Carmenere, while last year it was almost half Carmenere. The vineyards are now certified in organic and biodynamic agriculture. The bunches were hand-destemmed, and the grapes fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts and a six-week maceration. Malolactic was in barrique, and the elevage happened as follows: the wine spent seven months in new French barriques, and then 71% of the volume was transferred to French oak barriques (22% new and 49% second year), while the rest of the wine was put in oak vats. The elevage was 23 months in total. With the change in varieties, this feels very different from the Clos Apalta, more Cabernet here and more Carmenere there. The nose is elegant and nuanced, with herbs, spices and a core of ripe red and black fruit, quite varietal and with integrated oak. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with round tannins and vibrant acidity, making it long and supple. I think it's a step up over the 2015. 43,826 bottles were produced. It was bottled in September 2018. The wine is 14.7% alcohol and has a pH of 3.49." - Luis Gutierrez (28th Feb 2020)

93 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Minerally and well-structured, with bright acidity backing the concentrated cherry and raspberry flavors. Dried green herbal notes and peppery hints show on the fresh finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere Drink now through 2024. 3,700 cases made, 1,000 cases imported." - KM

89 Points - Vinous:
"The second wine from Clos Apalta continues the Bordeaux-influenced style of the house. With a 95% base of Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and a drop of Carmenere (1%), all from Apalta in Colchagua, this wine is a deep maroon-red with a nose of cassis and blackberries and gentle hints of wood and herbs. Tannic on the palate with a midlevel structure and potent flavors, it has a warm feel in the mouth." Joaqui­n Hidalgo - (Mar 2020)