Casa Lapostolle is a collaborative effort of two great wine families: the Marnier family of France (of Grand Marnier fame) and the Rabat family of Chile. At the helm of this premier property is Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle, who together with her husband Cyril de Bournet and Don Jose Rabat Gorchs reign over what many consider to be South America’s finest wine estate. In little more than a decade, Casa Lapostolle has taken the international wine world by storm.
In 1994, Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle founded the Casa Lapostolle Winery, and with the world’s most prominent winemaker Michel Rolland selected prime vineyard sites that now yield world-class wine. Until quite recently, the Marnier-Lapostolle family was best known as the creator and founder of the world renowned liqueur Grand Marnier, even though this family has been involved in winemaking in France for generations, most notably as the owners of Chateau de Sancerre.
In creating Casa Lapostolle, the Marnier-Lapostolle family has pursued the same uncompromising approach to quality that made Grand Marnier a household name. The family’s objective at Casa Lapostolle is to consistently create world-class wines by marrying French expertise to the incomparable terroir of Chile. The Chilean climate is perfect for the cultivation of the vine, and the soil harbors no phylloxera. In addition, Chile contains a great number of old vines, mostly from French varietals that were brought from France in the 19th century before the dreaded vine louse devastated the parent stock in Europe. Consequently, many of these old vines continue to thrive in the vineyards of Chile, and nearly all Chilean vines, old and new, still grow naturally on their own rootstocks – a phenomenon rarely seen in Europe or elsewhere in more than a century. The result is pure, natural tasting wines that express expert care and ideal growing conditions.
Today, Casa Lapostolle comprises more than 750 acres of prime vineyards, located in three different growing areas. This estate produces two excellent white wines, a Bordeaux-style Sauvignon Blanc, which traditionally contains a small percentage of luscious Semillon, and an excellent Chardonnay. Both deftly represent Chile’s ability to turn out internationally acclaimed white wines. Nevertheless, red wines predominate. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Carmenère (Chile’s own unique red varietal) dominate Casa Lapostolle’s excellent red wine portfolio and place this property among Chile’s finest wine producers. Casa Lapostolle’s most consistently delicious and most critically acclaimed wines remain the Cuvée Alexandre special reserve offerings, which are highly allocated and are offered only in the finest vintages.