2015 Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu Brouilly Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1277298 92 points Vinous

 Full ruby. Spice-tinged dark berries and a hint of violet on the fragrant nose. Supple and seamless in texture, offering pliant blackberry and cherry compote flavors that show impressive depth and power as well as vivacity. Closes velvety and broad, revealing impressively persistent dark berry and cracked pepper notes and a whisper of fine-grained tannins. (JR)  (1/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Brouilly Cuvee Vieilles Vignes underwent the same vinification and élevage as the Beaujolais Villages Vieilles Vignes. It offers candied black cherries and orange sorbet scents on the nose, bridled with an almost vitamin-like purity. The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh, feminine, pastille-like dark cherry fruit. The winemaking is quite expressive here: a very transparent and carefree Brouilly that should drink well for 5-6 years. (This will be bottled with around 10 mg/L of SO2.) (NM)  (8/2016)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2017 | Send Email
I have really enjoyed the Lapalu Beaujolais wines which we have brought in the past few seasons. This Brouilly VV shows fantastic aromas which are ripe, rich and savory all at the same time. There are also appealing aromas of fresh fermentation here. Mixed berry flavors on the palate bring to mind a visit to Swanton Berry Farm: flats of loganberries, tayberries, all the berries. I would be hard pressed to think of a more well suited wine for your Thanksgiving table than this one.

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