2015 Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu "Tentation" Beaujolais-Villages (Previously $20)

SKU #1273604 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Beaujolais Villages Tentation, which is aged in vat and then for 6 months in used barrel before bottling without SO2, has a crisp, focused black cherry, raspberry and bay leaf-scented bouquet that opens with gusto in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine line of acidity (the pH is 3.30), plenty of raspberry coulis and wild strawberry notes, segueing towards a rounded, very poised finish. Enjoy this over the next 4-5 years, possibly longer. (NM)  (7/2016)

90 points Vinous

 Bright ruby. A fragrant bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits, while floral and succulent herb nuances build in the glass. In a lively, fruit-driven style, offering juicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that are given spine by a core of tangy acidity. Finishes nervy and precise, displaying lingering lavender and allspice notes and a hint of silky tannins. (JR)  (12/2017)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2017 | Send Email
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This should immediately become your go to summer red. Perfect for a picnic, bbq or entertaining friends on the deck the 2015 Domaine Jean Claude Lapalu "Tenation" Beaujolais is a wine to be enjoyed with friends and family. Gorgeous red fruit permeates throughout the first sniff to the final sip in this seductive red wine. Just think to yourself candied cherry fruit and fresh aromas of macerated cherries.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2022

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/18/2017 | Send Email
Go on and get this wine, it's delicious! Lapalu is a producer whose wines represent good Beaujolais at their best: freshly fruited, impeccably balanced, carefree and delicious. For those who are paying attention, though, there is an endearing freshness, lovely spice and surprising length for a $20 red. If serving this at dinner (ideally with a nice big roaster and crispy roasted potatoes) be sure to have plenty of wine on hand because this goes down real easy - I'm thirsty just thinking about the Lapalu Tentation! Seriously though this is likely to be one of my favorite French wines of the year.

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