Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 2017 (6369)

Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 2017 (6369)

France - Burgundy - Cote de Nuits - Morey-St-Denis
Pinot Noir

Jancis Robinson: 60 m difference in height between the top and the bottom of the Clos. 50% new and 50% second-use barrel. 90% whole bunch (some years 100%). Will be racked to tank at the end of December. Once in cuve it is stable so there is no hurry to bottle. Must have at least a month in tank to stabilise so they will bottle February – April. Bottling best in March or October – never too cold or hot. No filtration. They bottle with descending moon when the wine is more still. Beautifully, darkly aromatic with plenty of peppery spice. Woody rather than oaky. There’s freshness from the tannins as well as from the acidity and the texture is so silky on the mid palate yet with power on the finish. Refined, flowing, dry and long. Handsome beauty and so easy to taste even with the underlying intensity and power. There’s just a very slight hint of stems but not OTT. Dark elegance. (JH) (Drink between 2025-2040) 18/20

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Professional Reviews

Decanter Magazine

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. (Drink between 2025-2035)


Jasper Morris MW

Dense rich purple black. There is a luxury coating of velvet here and a suggestion of good density. 38 hl/ha. Surprisingly succulent, dark fruited wine, stops just short of chocolate, pH is a touch higher than usual at 3.55 compared to average of 3.48. Boris is good on details like this! Softer finish, a little more viscosity, higher tannin index too but doesn’t show. Boris describes this as a modern classic vintage. Certainly less raw than sometimes in the past. Still in barrel, un-racked. Tasted: November 2018. 


John Gilman "View from the Cellar"

The 2017 Clos des Lambrays was still quite youthful, but was showing truly stunning potential on both the nose and palate. The bouquet is still fairly primary, but sports outstanding depth and nascent complexity in its constellation of cassis, black cherries, sweet dark berries, exotic touches of both eucalyptus and lavender, a superb base of soil, heather and a sound foundation of cedary new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and suave on the attack, with sappy core, excellent soil signature, fine-grained tannins and a long, closed and classy finish. The oak component here is beautifully done and there are absolutely no issues with the wine’s ultimate balance, but I had the sensation that it was clamping down on the wine a bit more than was customary for Clos des Lambrays as this point in its evolution. Perhaps it was just my imagination, as the wine will no doubt be absolutely superb in the fullness of time. (Drink between 2027-2085)  

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