It was so nice to be able to chat with so many Chilean wine makers at the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival 2012. Some of the wine makers I had met before, while others were new to me. Either way the wine makers were gracious to spend some of their precious time to speak with me. One wonderful wine maker I enjoyed speaking with was Andrea Leon, from Casa Lapostolle, located in the premium wine region of the Colchagua Valley, Chile.
Madam Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle from the Grand Marnier family in France owns and runs the Casa Lapostolle winery. Based in the high altitude Apalta region in Santa Cruz, Casa Lapostolle’s goal is to produce a world-class Bordeaux blend red wine, they call Clos Apalta, along with many other exceptional wines such as the Cuvee Alexandre Chardonnay. Clos Apalta was launched in 1997. Produced in limited quantities from fruit grown in Casa Lapostolle’s Apalta vineyard, a region increasingly dubbed the ‘Pomerol’ of Chile, this premium cuvée, a blend of Merlot, Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot, has won a number of international awards and accolades. The winery is dedicated to organic and biodynamic vineyard practices (which I enjoy and can note that it really does make a difference in your glass), and produces some very nice wines. I was able to visit Casa Lapostolle 3 years ago, 1 year before the major earthquake in the area. I hope to visit Casa Lapostolle and the other wineries again.
In this video Andrea Leon talks about the new release of their Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 in Vancouver. She as well discusses how/why she thinks their wines fit with our exciting food culture here in Vancouver. Enjoy!