Casa Lapostolle is a collaborative effort of two great families: the Marnier family of Grand Marnier fame and the Rabat family of Chile. Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle, heir to the Grand Marnier legacy, reigns over this celebrated, European style winery. Together with her husband Cyril de Bournet and consulting enologist Michel Rolland, Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle has in little more than a decade garnered international acclaim for the wines of Casa Lapostolle and established this estate as one of the very finest in South America.
In creating Casa Lapostolle, the Marnier-Lapostolle family has pursued the same uncompromising approach to quality that made Grand Marnier a household name. The objective at Casa Lapostolle is simple: to consistently create world-class wines by marrying French expertise to the incomparable terroir of Chile. Indeed, the Chilean climate is perfect for the cultivation of the vine, and the soil harbors no phylloxera, a dreaded vine louse. In addition, Chile contains a great number of old vines, primarily from French varietals that were brought from France in the 19th century, before phylloxera devastated the parent stock in Europe. Consequently, many of the old, ungrafted vines continue to thrive in the vineyards of Chile, and most Chilean vines, old and new, grow naturally on their own rootstocks. At Casa Lapostolle, 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 distinct growing areas. This estate produces several excellent white wines, including one of the New World's finest Chardonnays under the Cuvée Alexandre label, as well as a coterie of outstanding reds. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot dominate Casa Lapostolle's red wine portfolio with Carmenère (Chile's own unique red varietal) playing only a supporting role in the estate's blends. Casa Lapostolle's enviable red wine portfolio includes the estate's outstanding Rapel Merlot; Cuvée Alexandre Merlot, a limited release luxury bottling; and Clos Apalta,