Lambrays, Clos des Lambrays 750ml 2017France, Burgundy
'The 2017 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru opens in the glass with expressive aromas of sweet berry fruit, plums and orange rind that mingle with nuances of forest floor, smoked meats, cedar and spices. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, supple and open-knit, with succulent acids and moderate concentration, concluding with a nicely defined finish. I expect this to flesh out a little as it bounces back from bottling. Drink 2022 - 2040.' – William Kelley, Wine Advocate, 93/100
'The 2017 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru is tight and understated on the nose with touches of black fruit, scorched earth and decaying autumn leaves, certainly aromatics that adhere to former winemaker Thierry Brouin's style. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, gentle grip and, whilst not as complex as the 2018, it has commendable focus towards the lightly spiced finish. A rather easygoing, open-knit Clos des Lambrays, it should drink well for 15-20 years. This was Thierry Brouin’s valedictory vintage. Drink 2023 - 2040.' – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 92/100
'There are whiffs of herbal tea, floral and spice influences on the essence of red berry aromas that are trimmed in soft wood and earth nuances. The mouthfeel of the medium-bodied flavors is beautifully sleek thanks to the dense but fine-grained tannins shaping the attractively refreshing, youthfully austere and long finale that is quite linear rather than rich. This should further flesh out with bottle age though that will require at least some cellaring. Drink 2029+.' – Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, 92/100
'Light to mid cherry red. Sweet but dark and spicy. This has a powerful beauty and a subtlety that is deceptive. There's a lightness of touch and a delicate spice that is so light on its feet. Complex aroma of spice and fruit and something savoury but juicy at the same time. Really difficult to describe because it has a delicate intensity and amazing length. Cool, long and sophisticated. Seems so light.' – Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, 18+/20
About Domaine des Lambrays:
Despite being enclosed by a centuries-old wall of dried stones, one could spend hours exploring the grounds of the Clos des Lambrays. The Clos des Lambrays is one of the 33 Grands Crus of Bourgogne, located in one of the region’s most precious so-called 'Climats'.
Originated from the almost monopoly of the estate within the Grand Cru, the Clos des Lambrays by Domaine des Lambrays is a wide ownership, if you compared it to Bourgogne scale. The plot is far from homogeneous. Its smooth slopes offer a diversity of sun exposures that are key for the complexity of the wine. At the top, the Clos is composed mainly of marls whereas the bottom clay mixes with limestone. Wine is aged in the Domaine’s underground cellars in oak barrels, half of which is renewed every year.
|Blend information||100% Pinot Noir|
|Drink to||Long-term cellaring|
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com | AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com | CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za | DEC: Decanter | GS: Greg Sherwood MW | JS: James Suckling | JR: JancisRobinson.com | JD: Jeb Dunnuck | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com | TA: Tim Atkin MW | VIN: Vinous.com | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WM: Winemag.co.za Report | WS: Wine Spectator