2017 - Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Domaine des Lambrays
Colour
Red
Producer
Domaine des Lambrays
Region
Clos des Lambrays
Grape
Pinot Noir
Drinking
2022 - 2036
Case size
6x75cl
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2017 CLOS DES LAMBRAYS GRAND CRU DOMAINE DES LAMBRAYS - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Domaine des Lambrays
Region
Clos des Lambrays
Grape
Pinot Noir
Drinking
2022 - 2036
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
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Case price £1,156.07 (Inc. VAT)
 
Case price £1,084.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2018

    Lambrays is famous for its use of whole bunch fruit; in 2017 it gives an aromatic elegance to this hedonistic and sumptuous grand cru. The Clos comprises five distinct soil types, including Prémeaux limestone, the same as that found in Chambertin. 50% new oak swaddles the ripe fruit of this generous and accessible vintage, and Boris’s light touch is clear in the silky texture of the tannins and graceful length. An exceptional wine.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, January 2019,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2017 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru was picked September 3–11 and includes 90% whole bunches in this vintage, matured in 50% new oak. Two tanks were chaptalized and the alcohol is around 13.5°. This has a classic Clos des Lambrays bouquet, quite understated at first, precise but tightly coiled. There is fine purity here. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy black fruit laced with tobacco and graphite and a fine line of acidity. Not the most persistent Clos des Lambrays that has ever been made, but perhaps one of the most elegant and poised. 2020 - 2050

  • BURG

    Burghound, January 2019,
    Score: 91-94

    Here too there are whiffs of herbal tea, floral and spice influences on the essence of red berries that is trimmed in soft wood and earth nuances. Once again 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 strikingly long finale where the only concern is a hint of dryness. My sense is that the dryness is related to the abundant gas and thus my predicted range offers the benefit of the doubt. Drink 2032+

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, January 2019,
    Score: 92-95

    The 2017 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru unfurls in the glass with complex aromas of plums, cassis, dark chocolate, warm spices, licorice and rich soil tones, delicately framed by new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and satiny, with a fleshy core of fruit, succulent acids and powdery tannins. My intuition is that this will turn out to be both a little more concentrated and a little more structurally giving than the 2016 rendition.

  • DC

    Decanter, December 2018,
    Score: 95

    Produced from what is nearly a monopole grand cru - Domaine Taupenot-Merme owns 0.004ha - Clos des Lambrays is always marked by its 90% whole bunches, but the style is very well done in 2017 under new cellarmaster, Boris Champy. With 50% new wood framing the palate, this is subtle, nuanced and focussed, with polished tannins and bright acidity. Drinking Window 2025 - 2035

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Producer

Domaine des Lambrays

This Morey Saint Denis domaine may have passed through various owners over the recent decades, but one noticeably steadfast mark on Burgundy’s landscape has been Thierry Brouin, making the wines at this iconic estate since 1979 until his retirement in 2017. His signature style of whole bunch vinification for the grand cru has carved an esteemed place for Thierry in Burgundy’s story. The domaine was recently purchase by Bernard Arnault of LVMH, and a new régisseur has been installed. Boris Champy has nearly 10 years’ experience in the Côte d’Or working at Louis Latour, and before that in California and Bordeaux. He and Thierry worked closely alongside each other in 2017, ensuring a smooth handover. Tantalisingly short of a monopole, the domaine owns 8.66 hectares of the 8.8 ha Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru in the heart of Morey Saint Denis. As well as the substantial Clos, the domaine also has vines in premier cru and village sites within Morey, and added two small premier cru plots in Puligny Montrachet in the 1990s.

Region

Clos des Lambrays

Clos des Lambrays is a Grand Cru appellation situated in the commune of Morey St Denis in the Cote de Nuits. The 8.8 hectares of land, largely owned by the Saier family, were elevated from Premier Cru to Grand Cru status in 1979 as the vineyards clearly had huge potential. Nestled between Gevrey Chambertin to the north and Chambolle Musigny to the south the best Clos des Lambrays wines combine the feminine delicacy of Chambolle with the power and structure of Gevrey.