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Clos Apalta 2019 released

  • Clos Apalta 2019 has been released for £900 per case in bond.
  • The wine has a score of 99-points from James Suckling.
  • The 2016 and 2018 look good value among back vintages.

The 2019 vintage of Clos Apalta from Casa Lapostolle has been released for £900 (12×75) in bond through La Place de Bordeaux. The new release is 6.6% more expensive than the current Market Price of the 2018.

Critical response

The wine does not yet have a score from The Wine Advocate but it was rated 99-points by James Suckling.

He said the wine had: ‘A generous array of ripe black and blue fruit with pink peppercorns, green olives, dried flowers, toffee and chocolate orange. It’s full-bodied with firm, creamy and velvety tannins. Long and polished. Lovely salted caramel and olives at the end. Keeps going. Unfolds on the finish.’

The critic has given a string of high scores for recent vintages, including 98-points for the 2018, 99-points for the 2016 and 100-points for the 2015 and 2017.

Fair value

Several of Clos Apalta’s back vintages are currently below £900 per case. The 2016 and 2018 which were both rated 96-points by The Wine Advocate look good value with Market Prices of £840 and £844 per dozen respectively.

Considering Suckling’s previous scores, his 100-point vintages the 2017 and 2015 also offer potential value at £890 and £880 per 12 respectively.

Other releases

Clos Apalta’s second wine, Le Petit Clos 2019, was also released today at £294 per case (12×75) in bond.

It received a score of 95-points from Suckling who said it had a ‘delicious and open palate’.


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