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French Heritage in Chile: Casa Lapostolle Winery

A mixture between French heritage and Chile’s exceptional natural resources can result in unique high quality wine, so is the case of Casa Lapostolle.

Last week the Wine and Cuisine Society organized an afternoon of Chilean wine tasting along with speaker Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle, chairperson, and Serge Lozac, brand manager for Moet Hennessy USA.

Through a one hour presentation, Ms. Marnier-Lapostolle walked 55 HBS students through the art and science behind Chilean wine making accompanied by a tasting of eight of her famous Chilean wines. Alexandra, the great granddaughter of Alexandre, creator of Grand Marnier, decided to expand her family’s position abroad and chose Chile to develop the Casa Lapostolle winery in 1994. Alexandra’s investment was based on Chile’s ideal winemaking climate, original pre-phylloxera rootstock from France and competitive advantages ideal for foreign investment. As a result of Alexandra’s investment, Casa Lapostolle now produces many wines. Among the ones we tasted were:

-Casa Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc
-Casa Lapostolle Merlot
-Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Chardonnay
-Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot
-Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon
-Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta

The Clos Apalta, the company’s trademark for quality, was the most outstanding of all the wines. Casa Lapostolle is also known for its wine making processes which include pure French oak aging and manual high quality grape picking.

Alexandra gave her interpretation of wine tasting, “Wine tasting is all about enjoying a mixture of different flavors.” I invite you to try the mixture of different flavors in Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta on your next celebration or important evening.

February 12, 2007
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