Lapostolle was founded by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet in 1994. The Marnier Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the world-renowned liqueur Grand Marnier, is famous for producing spirits and liqueurs, but the family has also been involved in winemaking for generations. Kappa is made from 100% Muscat grapes grown in the cool climate region of Elqui. The pisco takes its name from a star cluster within the Southern Cross Constellation visible at night in the Elqui Valley. Nicknamed the “Jewel Box”, Kappa Crucis is considered one of the most beautiful star clusters in the Southern Hemisphere. de Bournet has capitalised on his family’s Cognac making expertise, bringing a cutting edge copper alambic skill from Cognac to Chile in which to make the pisco. Kappa unlike many piscos, Kappa is double distilled in the Cognac model in order to heighten the complexity of flavours and aromas in the spirit.
As with many other piscos, the nose on Kappa is floral with a light honeysuckle undertone. The bouquet on Kappa is much lighter, much more restrained, and without any of the funk that tends to give Peruvian pisco its character. The entry is bright and full with clear grape mid notes and floral high notes. The floral qualities ramp up in the midpalate where the spirit takes on a bit of heat and picks up a lemon peel citrus note. The heat builds at the end of the midpalate to a peak and then falls off for a long, dry finish, leaving a light citrus peel and floral essence on the palate.