When critics and connoisseurs refer to the extraordinary vineyards of Clos Apalta as "Chilean Grand Crus," they're not engaging in hyperbole. Or hype. 

Spread out across the Colchagua Valley, the estate's 160 hectares are, inarguably, among the finest terroir to be found in all of the New World, and year after year, the wines that emerge from this land and air are  mind-blowing in their concentration and depth.

Clos Apalta is the vision of Grand Marnier heiress Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, who, together with her husband, Cyril de Bournet, set out on a mission to produce Bordeaux blends that would turn heads in their native France.

That they have. And how.

We've reached into their exceptional portfolio to bring you two from their 2019 vintage: the 99-point Valle de Apalta and the 95-point Valle de Apalta Le Petit Clos (the latter a remarkable value at a best price of less than $56 a bottle).

To understand what makes these wines so great, we have to drill down just a bit into that notion of terroir.

Many of the Clos Apalta vines are pre-Phylloxera, having been planted as far back as 1915. In winemaking, a lot of flaws or weaknesses can be corrected or masked in the cellar, and various adjustments are made all the time to balance the inadequacies of a season. But age is immutable. And either you have it or you don't. These vines have it.

What they also have is a very distinctive microclimate — the vineyards were even awarded their own Denomination of Origin, in 2018.

In short, these are wines with extraordinary bones, and the process of winemaking here is, simply, to coax forth what is already present at creation.

Made from, primarily, Carmenère, with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot, the Valle de Apalta aged for 24 months in French oak, and was neither fined nor filtered. James Suckling raved about it, deeming it near-perfect and singling out its "creamy and velvety tannins"and the way it "keeps going ... unfold[ing] on the finish."

Carmenère predominates, as well, in the Valle de Apalta Le Petit Clos, but Merlot figures more prominently than in the Valle de Apalta. And it shows in the texture. Suckling’s 95-point review rightly extolled its "aromatic and herbal nose," its "fleshy, delicious and open palate," and its "plush and caressing finish. 

This is gorgeous, thrilling winemaking, folks, and if you love your reds big and deep and long, heaven awaits. 

We can offer special Concierge Family pricing for the next week only, so act now to secure these two gems for your collection!



*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Spring 2023. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in IL, IN, KY, LA, MI, MO, NM, NV, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, January 19th, 2022.

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