Top Chilean wines that everyone can afford

Casa Lapostolle maybe a well-known wine name to some in Cayman, but if you haven’t sampled this Chiliean winery’s excellent ranges of wine before you are in for a treat, as Blackbeard’s are currently offering 15 per cent off the brand until mid December. The Journal samples a few of their delicious offerings.

Founded by the Marnier Lapostolle family from France and the Rabat family from Chile in 1994, Lapostolle is now wholly owned by the Marnier-Lapostolle group.  (You may be familiar with the name Marnier, founders and owners of the world-renowned liqueur Grand Marnier). The family is known for producing spirits and liqueurs, but they have also been involved in winemaking for generations.  Their winery is located 100 miles south of Santiago, in Chile’s Rapel Valley and the vines enjoy a climate that is incredibly conducive to growing great wines.

Today, Lapostolle produces a total of 200.000 cases of wine annually, ranging from Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenère, and Syrah. Lapostolle is distributed in more than 70 countries around the world.

Blackbeard’s stock two ranges to enjoy – the Casa range (all at CI$13.49), which is Lapostolle’s entry level wine range, with a delicious selection of rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to try.

Blackbeard’s Roberto Logioia gives a quick rundown of this range:

“The rosé is made from Merlot and is a light, really fruity wine that is nice and dry and filled with redcurrants on the palate. The Sauvignon Blanc is not too acidic – you will enjoy honeydew melon and candied lemon flavours. The Chardonnay is just lightly oaked so there is lots of tropical notes, golden apples and pears on the palate.”

The Lapostolle Cuvee range (CI$22.99) ramps things up a little, with best of the bunch grapes from single vineyards gracing these bottles. Blackbeard’s stocks a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Merlot in this range.

“The Chardonnay in the Cuvee range has spent a little more time in oak, so notes of honey, toasted nut and tropical fruits abound,” Roberto confirms.

“Their Pinot Noir is the only wine of that varietal that they make. What it lacks in the traditional old world earthiness it makes up for in cherries, plums and a full body. If you love chocolate and mocha notes, you’ll love their Syrah, while the Merlot is all jammy fruits and blackcurrant with a dry finish.”

Casa Lapostolle was voted new world winery of the year for 2008 by the Wine Spectator and with wines as diverse and as interesting as this, you can see why.