Lapostolle is owned by the Marnier-Lapostolle family (of Grand Marnier fame), and since the winery’s foundation in 1994 has pursued an uncompromising approach to quality. Their objective is as simple as it is ambitious: to create world-class wines using French expertise and the superb terroirs of Chile.
The Lapostolle holdings consist of three vineyards, each in a different region and each chosen specifically for its affinity to certain grape varieties: Casablanca for Chardonnay and Pinot; Requinoa for Syrah, Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet; Apalta for Merlot, Cabernet, Carmenère and Sémillon. Conversion to biodynamic viticulture is almost complete, and reflects the obsessive attention to detail that already pervades Lapostolle. Not only is the fruit hand-harvested at night, but much of it is hand-destemmed, to ensure it begins fermentation in immaculate condition.
Four years ago a remarkable new winery was completed, where the flagship wines are now produced. To minimize environmental impact as well as to allow gravity flow throughout, it occupies seven levels carved out of a granite hillside overlooking the Clos Apalta vineyard. Practical as well as architecturally stunning, the new winery’s début, Clos Apalta 2005, was crowned Wine Spectator Wine of the Year 2008.