Le Petit Clos de Clos Apalta 2017

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.  

In 2014, Clos Apalta gave birth to its second wine, Le Petit Clos de Clos Apalta. Le Petit Clos offers a different interpretation of this unique terroir, using the same grapes, but in different proportion, and offering young vines a chance to prove their worth before they can make it into the Grand Vin.

Recognized as “Wine of the Year” when its 2005 vintage was chosen TOP # 1 by the Wine Spectator magazine, Clos Apalta is the only South American wine that has received this award. In addition, the 2000 and 2001 vintages were also positioned as TOP 3 and TOP 2 respectively in the same magazine. With the exceptional 2017 vintage, Clos Apalta is awarded for the third time 100 points by famed American journalist and wine critic James Suckling, consolidating its position in the "Legends of Chile".
 

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.

Wine Production

The 2017 vintage was shaped by extreme conditions which promoted deadly, tinderbox conditions for the propagation of devastating wildfires, with a total of 600,000 hectares of forest. To our great relief, our vines were spared and suffered no smoke damage, which was soon confirmed on tasting the different parcels of grapes.

Winter was exceptionally dry at Clos Apalta, with a 35% hydric deficit compared to the long term average. Spring was drier and cold. In November, marginally higher temperatures and marginal accumulation of rain resulted in budbreak commencing 10 days early. Summer was unbearably hot, with scorching temperatures hovering between 32°C and 35°C. After the first ten days of March, both minimum and maximum temperatures had dropped markedly. Such temperature variations allowed the grapes to complete phenolic ripening, promoting intense color and retaining intense fruit character and freshness

Tasting Notes

Superb color of dark garnet red.  On the nose it shows subtle and spicy; great elegance and aromatic complexity with notes of ripe fruit (blueberry, blackcurrant, black cherry, blackberry…), opening on toasted and fine woody notes.  On the Palate it is a frank and soft attack with savory, silky and well-integrated tannins. Full, round and fleshy palate ending with a magnificent
aromatic persistence full of finesse.

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Apalta Valley
Vineyard name
El Condor de Apalta
Soil composition
Colluvial granitic soils well decomposed over different layers of clay.
Harvest time
March - April
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Carmenere, 9% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
Prefermentation Technique
Native yeast
Time on its skins
Up to 5 weeks
Fermentation container
Small French Oak Vats
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14.5 %
pH level
3.55
Residual sugar
3.19 g/L
Acidity
3.75 g/L

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