James Suckling is the natural heir of the famous Scale imposed by another taster in Bordeaux over 30 years ago, and his continuous round trips from his center of operations in Asia, to production centers around the world, always generate expectations in an audience that follows their experiences and adopts their suggestions. In fact, James' method of work exceeds the scope of all sophistication, but that's the way wine is: it borders the extremes of all social ranks, but with great loyalty to the wine lover.
Suckling explains his points of view well and even gives the reader an idea of the scope in which he develops his tastings, the times and the labels he analyzes in order to define exactly his position in front of a Great Wine. In reality, the expression "great wines" is never better used in the case of the servings that it seeks and then defines with a certain score. About the field in which James worked, he and his team to delineate a final result in this case of Clos de Apalta maintains in his notes:
We are sitting in the tasting room of Clos Apalta Residence, the Relais & Chateau hotel allied to the homonymous winery in the Colchagua Valley of Chile, with the owner Charles de Bournet Marnier Lapostolle, and the light is really dramatic. The sun has just disappeared behind the high mountain next to the vineyards and now its shadow lies on them. In other words, they get two full hours of less sunlight than most of the valley. That may sound like a disadvantage at first, but in reality, the cooling of the grapes slows down their maturation and gives the Clos Apalta red the freshness and finesse that perfectly complement the enormous concentration of the wine. And it is this combination that earned the spectacular Clos Apalta 2015 100 points!
But he specifies his selection by assembling the commentary on the scope with the detail of the taster's appreciations, which handles with elegance and precision the vocabulary with which he traps his analysis summarizing: There is a subtle complexity in the nose with currants, berries, fresh herbs and aromas of wet land. Also fresh cut flowers. Full body, dense and powerful. Incredible character here with so much purity and polish. Continue for minutes, he says, referring to the aftertaste. Formed, sculpted but with soul, it hits. And it defines: A monumental wine for Chile. Amazing. More powerful than 2014, which was 100 points. A blend of 46% Carmenere, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, reports. Made from grapes grown biodynamically, it contributes. And for the end, after explaining why two vintages followed you deserve a similar score, your advice. Better in 2022. It means: do not rush to drink it, it is better to wait until 2022.
James Suckling knows his trade and explains it very well. For those who follow him closely, it does not take a single comma. But we must have all the elements so that you have all the references in your hands. Journalistically that is our task: supplementary information, as detailed as possible. This is also part of the discovery and enjoyment of a wine that caresses the senses, beyond empty information and common phrases. For example: by clicking here, you will have Clos de Apalta prices in dollars worldwide. And also, to all this, what does the company say? Click on the banner and you will receive all the arguments of Lapostolle about your wine. Enjoy it.