Thursday, May 29, 2008

In the Casa - World-Class French Wine from Chile


In the Casa World-Class French Wine from Chile

You've had wine with backbone, wine that’s earthy, even wine with "good legs." "Well-traveled" isn't an adjective that comes to mind in matters of the vine, but we submit that the traditional lexicon may need some expanding.

One very good reason: Casa Lapostolle wine.

Casa Lapostolle combines the superb wine terrain of Chile with the wine know-how of France. Founded by the Marnier Lapostolle family (yes, that Marnier Lapostolle family, producers of tasty French liqueur Grand Marnier, as well as other great French wines), the label set up camp in Chile because of its perfect vine-growing climate. Casa Lapostolle's vines are unique to Chile in that many of them were actually brought over from France in the last century—so it's almost like they've got dual citizenship.

As a result, Casa's wines reach levels of jovial sophistication that only wines from such a multicultural fusion could, from their smart Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays, to their sassy Cabernets, Merlots and Syrahs. The venerable Wine Spectator even named Casa's 2005 Clos Apalta one of its "Hot Wines," awarding it 96 out of 100 points and describing it as having "gorgeous aromas, great grip and density."

Now, that's the type of wine review worth drinking to.

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