This fabulous Chilean red is really top of the tree – 95 points from Suckling. It’s the second wine of world renowned Clos Apalta, made with the same precision care, but with a little less oak, so you can enjoy earlier. Rich Grand Cru sophistication.
Clos Apalta and its second wine, Le Petit Clos, come from a special part of the Colchagua Valley. The vines have a north to south exposure, rare for Chile, and a microclimate that’s unique to them. The Tinguiririca river runs down one side, while the hills of the coastal Cordillera form a horseshoe shape around the other. This blocks out sunlight at sunrise and sunset, so drawing out the ripening process and helping to make these remarkable, intense, long lived wines. Le Petit Clos is made from classic Bordeaux varieties, with some of the grapes from younger vines, but not all. The wine goes through the same meticulous methods as Clos Apalta, with ageing in 100% new oak for eight months, before further ageing for 18 months in a mix of oak.
"Blackberry, fresh herb, wet earth and tar aroma follow through to a full body, with powerful tannins"
James Suckling 95 Points