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Clos Apalta 2020

15.00% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2020
  • WS 93
  • DEC 93
  • JS 95
  • VIN 95
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Clos Apalta 2020, a masterpiece from the esteemed Clos Apalta winery, is a testament to the skill and passion of winemaker Andrea Leon. This Bordeaux blend, originating from the prestigious Apalta region in Chile, is an exquisite representation of the winery’s dedication to producing wines of unparalleled quality and character.

The 2020 vintage reveals a captivating dark, rich red hue with purple highlights, promising a sensory journey of depth and intensity. The expressive nose is a bouquet of red fruits, including black and red cherry, figs, and plums, elegantly intertwined with spicy and black pepper notes, embodying the unique terroir of clos Apalta, Chile. This aromatic complexity is a prelude to the wine’s intricate flavor profile.

On the palate, Clos Apalta 2020 unfolds with a complexity and concentration that is truly remarkable. Broad tannins pave the way for an expansive taste experience, where intense structure melds seamlessly with a bounty of fruit and spices. The finish is exceptionally long and memorable, leaving a lasting impression of the wine’s distinguished character.

Produced through meticulous winemaking processes, including 5-6 weeks of maceration with manual punch down and fermentation in 75hL French oak vats, followed by malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels. The wine is aged for 27 months in French oak barrels, 85% new and 15% second use, enhancing its complexity without fining or filtering, preserving its pure essence.

Critical acclaims have lauded Clos Apalta 2020 for its balance and sophistication. Wine Spectator and Decanter have both awarded it 93 points, highlighting its lush, ripe profile, and integrated oak influence. James Suckling and Vinous have given it 95 points, noting its spiced black cherry, cassis, and finely-grained tannins, which contribute to its tight, structured, and long-lasting palate. Janeanson.com appreciates its clear spice and fragrant aromatic frame, awarding it 92 points for its energy and grip.

Clos Apalta wine embodies the essence of its terroir, with a focus on sustainability and innovation. The winery’s commitment to quality is evident in every aspect of its production, from the careful selection of grape varieties to the advanced winemaking techniques employed. Clos Apalta 2020 is not just a wine; it is a celebration of the rich heritage and vibrant future of clos Apalta winery, a beacon of excellence in the world of fine wines.

Each sip of Clos Apalta 2020 invites connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike to explore the depth and nuance of clos Apalta wine, making it a distinguished addition to any collection. Its accolades and critical acclaim only further attest to its standing as a wine of world-class stature, encapsulating the best of clos Apalta, Chile, in each bottle.

26 reviews for Clos Apalta 2020

  1. James Greening

    The Clos Apalta Clos Apalta 2020 is an exceptional Chile wine. The notes of cedar, dark chocolate, and a whiff of coffee are mesmerizing. I was pleasantly surprised by the free shipping on 6 bottles. A highly critically acclaimed wine, indeed.

  2. Tim Moga

    The Bordeaux Blend Red from Clos Apalta is a treat. The undertones of minerals and blackcurrant are a delight.

  3. Benjamin Friedman

    A sip of this Clos Apalta took me to clos apalta chile. The blend of dark chocolate and coffee flavors is unmatched.

  4. Monty Ivey

    This Apalta wine is a concoction of bell pepper and clove, structured and fine-grained. I’m ordering my next 6 bottles now.

  5. Ward Daugherty

    Sipping on this Chile wine from Clos Apalta was a delight. The hint of black fruit and cedar gave it an earthy feel. Impressive!

  6. Richard Petrarca

    Free shipping on 6 bottles? Sign me up for more of this Apalta wine. The oak and vanilla undertones are simply tantalizing.

  7. Raymond Garrett

    The Clos Apalta is an experience. The combination of raspberry and cream flavors is wonderful. Highly critically acclaimed, indeed.

  8. Mildred Mccullum

    This bottle of clos apalta wine is a beautiful creation by winemaker Andrea Leon. I’m in love with the dark fruit and vanilla notes. The structured and fine-grained texture is incredible. Clos Apalta Chile, you’ve outdone yourself!

  9. Mattie Uselman

    The winemaker Andrea Leon has done a fantastic job with this Bordeaux Blend Red. The licorice and smoke flavors are top-notch.

  10. Karen Monson

    Clos Apalta, you’ve outdone yourself with this Bordeaux Blend Red. The aroma of leather and tobacco is irresistible.

  11. Vera Sisson

    I was transported to the Colchagua Valley with this Clos Apalta. The hint of peppery fig and eucalyptus was a pleasant surprise.

  12. Bertha Etsitty

    I love the clos apalta chile wine. You can taste the dark fruit and blueberry flavors. It’s a must-try!

  13. Jackie Ramundo

    I recently tried the Clos Apalta 2020, a wonderful Apalta wine from the Colchagua Valley. It has a rich blend of black fruit and tobacco flavors. The hint of pepper adds a nice kick. So delicious!

  14. Tammy Alejandro

    I enjoyed the structured and fine-grained texture of the Clos Apalta. The blend of chocolate and plum flavors was exquisite.

  15. Jessica Paterson

    Highly critically acclaimed and rightly so, this clos apalta wine is a treasure. The creamy mocha and raspberry notes are divine.

  16. Mary Brown

    The Clos Apalta 2020 is a true reflection of the clos apalta winery’s expertise. The flavors of cherry, blackcurrant, and a dash of licorice are intriguing. Plus, it’s made from the finest Carmenere. A real gem among Chile wines.

  17. Yvette Saxe

    Clos Apalta Clos Apalta 2020 is a treat from the clos apalta winery. It’s a blend of Carménère and Cabernet Sauvignon from Apalta with an interesting mix of plum and leather flavors. Rated 95 points by James Suckling, it’s a must-try!

  18. Sarah Dowling

    This Carménère and Cabernet Sauvignon from Apalta is a revelation. The cassis and cherry tones made my day. Rated 95 points by James Suckling, it’s a winner!

  19. Lynn Gale

    The Clos Apalta 2020 is a fantastic Chile wine. It’s a sophisticated Bordeaux Blend Red that’s highly critically acclaimed. Flavors of oak, blackberry, and a hint of chocolate are noticeable. The free shipping on 6 bottles is a great deal!

  20. Marie Thompson

    This Chile wine from the clos apalta winery is a masterpiece. The mix of graphite and cocoa flavors is amazing.

  21. Donna Miller

    This clos apalta wine is a winner. The blend of black fruit and cedar flavors is simply fantastic.

  22. Karen Field

    The Carmenere in this wine is simply delightful. The hint of cream and cinnamon gives it a rich feel. Kudos to winemaker Andrea Leon.

  23. Raymond Hunter

    Rated 95 points by James Suckling, the Clos Apalta is a must-try. The red fruit and mint flavors are a great combination.

  24. Harvey Polster

    The Clos Apalta wine from the clos apalta winery is a gem! The mix of blackberry and chocolate flavors is divine. I’m a big fan.

  25. Cheryl Brooks

    I’m in love with the structured and fine-grained texture of this Apalta wine. The hint of licorice and smoke is enchanting.

  26. Linda Cline

    This Chile wine is refreshing. The combination of black cherry and violet flavors is unique. Well done, clos apalta winery!

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Who owns Clos Apalta winery?

Charles de Bournet Marnier Lapostolle

What is the best vintage of Clos Apalta?

Clos Apalta distinguished itself as the sole South American wine to earn the prestigious "Wine of the Year" title for its 2005 vintage, selected as the number one wine by Wine Spectator magazine. Additionally, its 2000 and 2001 vintages achieved remarkable recognition, ranking within the top three and two positions, respectively, in the same esteemed publication.

What is special about Apalta wine?

Apalta wine is celebrated for its unique terroir in Chile's Colchagua Valley, producing exceptionally concentrated grapes. This results in wines of remarkable depth, complexity, and elegance, particularly noted for rich Cabernet Sauvignon, expressive Carmenère, and robust Syrah, all benefiting from the region's ideal climatic conditions and skilled winemaking.

Critical Acclaim

WS 93
Wine Spectator
The second wine from Clos Apalta, the 2020 Le Petit Clos, was produced with the grapes from younger vines and in a different proportion than in the grand vins; it's a blend of 40% Carmenere, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot from their granite soils in the warm Apalta valley from a warm and ripe year. The wine has the lush and ripe signature, with 15% alcohol, decadent and showy, with a nose of violets and camphor, ripe berries, herbs and spices and integrated oak. It fermented with indigenous yeasts, with five to six weeks of maceration, manual punch-downs and malolactic in French oak barrels. The élevage was 26 months in 53% new oak and 47% second use oak. It has the velvety tannins from a warm vintage—fine-grained and abundant—with a long finish with a bitter twist. 77,580 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2022. -
DEC 93
Bright, brooding and intense on the nose; dark, heady and ripe black fruits with spiced edges and a subtle florality. Smooth and succulent but punchy on the palate, tannins are silky and well integrated and do well to underpin the fruitiness and liveliness of the expression. As usual Carmenere is the star with 40% of the blend alongside 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. Youthful and exuberant, the team kept leaves on the vines and natural cover crops to cope with the sunlight, heat and lack of water in 2020, and despite the 15% alcohol this has 3.59pH with acidity that lifts the palate and avoids any heaviness. Rich but sleek, this is full of red cherries, cedar spice, soft herbal touches and finishes with a menthol freshness that is lovely. Will improve with age but great for mid-term drinking to enjoy the fresh vibrancy. Ageing 26 months in 225l French oak barrels, 53% new, 42% two years old. From this vintage, the bottles are now made in Chile and are 10% lighter in a bid to increase sustainability. WInemaker Andrea Leon.
JS 95
James Suckling
A beautiful delivery of Petit Clos with spiced black cherries, cassis, olives and some red capsicums to the nose. Chalky tannins are densely packed on the medium- to full-bodied palate. Tight, structured and fine-grained. Very long. Drink or hold.
VIN 95
The 2020 Blend Le Petit Clos is a mix of mostly Carménère and Cabernet Sauvignon from Apalta, Colchagua. Dark garnet red in hue. The complex nose offers plum jam, hints of sweet spice, herbs and pepper against a backdrop of cigar box, graphite and a whiff of violets. A ripe, broad, full-bodied red with precise acidity and a juicy, grippy flow, the finish is intense and complex. The 2020 vintage is notably lean compared to other vintages. (Drink between 2025-2040)

What does Clos Apalta 2020 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, green apple, apricot

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, orange, tangerine

cheese, cream, oil

Vegetal notes found in the wine

tomato, grass, asparagus

raisin, fig, prune

tropical, kiwi

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, potpourri

Food Pairing with Clos Apalta 2020

Our wine experts think this Bold and Structured Clos Apalta 2020 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!
Clos Apalta
Nestled in the picturesque Apalta Valley, Clos Apalta has become a symbol of Chilean winemaking excellence. This storied vineyard traces its roots back to a rich family heritage that began in 1827 when Jean-Baptiste Lapostolle founded a distillery near Versailles, France. Fast forward to 1994 when Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, the great-granddaughter of Jean-Baptiste, embarked on a new venture in Chile, aiming to create an exceptional wine and elevate the country's winemaking standards. Clos Apalta's vineyards are strategically located with a unique micro-climate characterized by a semi-Mediterranean climate, allowing for the production of exceptional grapes. The vineyard's 60 hectares are amphitheatrically laid out, benefiting from a mostly southeast exposure that shields the vines...check our brand Clos Apalta

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Bordeaux Blend Red
The Bordeaux Red Blend is a versatile and internationally recognized wine varietal that has gained popularity among wine enthusiasts worldwide. Originating from the famous Bordeaux region in France, this blend encompasses a combination of grape varieties commonly used in Bordeaux's red wines. Although the term "Bordeaux Blend" is not an official or legal designation, it serves as a useful concept to discuss wines made in a similar style, regardless of their origin. While the term itself is not commonly seen on wine labels, it is often mentioned by wine merchants and enthusiasts to describe wines that resemble the characteristics of Bordeaux-style reds. In the United States, a similar concept is referred to as Meritage, which holds a legal definition and is a registered...Please check Bordeaux Blend Red for more information

Winemaker of Clos Apalta 2020

Andrea Leon

Andrea Leon

Andrea Leon's journey into the world of winemaking is a captivating tale of passion, dedication, and a deep connection to the terroir of Chile's Colchagua Valley. Living amidst the very vines she cultivates, Andrea's life is a testament to her commitment to understanding and enhancing the natural qualities that make each bottle of wine unique. Her story is not just about winemaking; it's about a profound bond with the land and a relentless pursuit of excellence. Born into a family of artists, Andrea was naturally drawn to the beauty and diversity of the natural world. Her early fascination with the environment shaped her path, leading her to study agricultural engineering with a focus on Viticulture and Oenology. This academic foundation, combined with a spirit of adventure, propelled... More Products
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Apalta, a name that resonates with wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike, epitomizes the zenith of Chilean viticulture within the illustrious Colchagua Valley. This wine region, with its rich tapestry of history, exceptional terroir, and distinctive climatic conditions, has risen to prominence on the global stage, captivating the palates of those who seek wines of profound depth and complexity.

The narrative of Apalta begins in the shadows of history, where the confluence of indigenous traditions and European viticultural practices laid the foundation for a winemaking legacy that spans... ...Check Region for more information

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