The Superb 2016 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru

 

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2016 - another stunner!
 
I'm sure you have read how Bernard Arnault's Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) luxury group has made its first move in Burgundy, buying Domaine des Lambrays from Ruth Freund for an undisclosed (but rumoured to be enormous) sum.
 
The domaine includes a near monopoly of the climat Clos des Lambrays. Clos des Lambrays is an enclosed vineyard of 8.8 hectares in the village of Morey-St.-Denis. Domaine des Lambrays owns over 99% of the clos, which dates back to the 14th century and was once part of the vast holdings of the Abbey of Citeaux. The monks tended the vines until the French Revolution, when the vineyard was confiscated and sold off to 75 different owners.
 
The arduous and costly job of reconstituting the estate began in the 19th century. It passed through several owners and was largely abandoned for 40 years when the Sair brothers bought it in 1979. The brothers began making improvements, and hired a young Dijon enologist, Thierry Brouin, to oversee the estate. Brouin has remained with the property ever since.
 
The consequence of such a huge purchase price is that the wines of Domaine des Lambrays are expected to become far less affordable. The time to buy is now!

We have a small quantity of the 2016 available. Be quick! This (almost) monopole is a wine for your cellar.
Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 2016
Landed Price $629.00
Pre Arrival Price $535.00
Less than a case available

Lambrays Label John Gilman "View from the Cellar": 
The grand cru here was raised in fifty percent new oak this year and is one of the stars of the 2016 vintage. The stunning bouquet delivers a complex combination of red and black cherries, black plums, pigeon, dark soil tones, raw cocoa, woodsmoke and a touch of nutty oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and shows off beautiful depth at the core, with plenty of sappiness in reserve, a great soil signature, ripe, suave tannins and a very, very long, nascently complex and vibrant finish. I love this wine's potential! 2030-2085. 96 Points
Tim Atkin MW: The percentage of whole bunches was reduced to 85% in 2016 because, according to Boris Champy, stems can "bring a certain sweetness to the wine", but this is still true to the Clos des Lambrays style, with quite a bit of oak, impressive concentration, supple tannins and a peaty, Islay malt whisky-like note. 2024-32. 
94 Points

Wine Advocate - Neal Martin: The 2016 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru includes 85% whole-bunch fruit and is matured in 50% new oak. It was picked around 24 to 29 September. It has a fresh and discrete bouquet at first, the whole bunch influencing the red fruit, infusing scents of autumn leaves and Earl Grey into the mix. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, good grip in the mouth, building with time to a very composed, classically styled, quite persistent and lightly spiced finish whereby the whole bunch is completely subsumed by the fruit. Wonderful.
 93-95 Points

Decanter Magazine: 
Vinified with 85% whole cluster fruit, the 2016 Clos des Lambrays wafts from the glass with a brooding bouquet of blueberry, wild berries, smoked duck, spice and rosehip. The wine is sappy, with lovely depth and concentration, a fine but firm structural chassis, succulent acids, and a long, penetrating finish. An elegant rendition of this wine in its largest harvest since 1999. Drinking Window 2026-2045. 94 Points

To view and purchase the wine on line click here. You may also order by email to luke@grandmillesime.com.au or by telephone. Wine is in stock for immediate delivery.
Cheers,
Darren 

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Last 15 bottles of a Volnay 1er Cru Monopole
I have to admit a love of Burgundy monopoles. They are more often than not small parcels of serious age which the owners tend almost religiously to produce wines with very special character.
Domaine Pascal Bouley own the tiny (0.24 hectare) monopole Les Grands Champs from which they produce a classic, elegant and aromatic Volnay.
Burghound: (a monopole of only .24 ha that is part of the climat Les Mitans). Like the Teurons this is attractively perfumed while offering up spicy and softly earthy aromas of lilac, pomegranate and sandalwood. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension to the delineated and discreetly mineral-inflected medium weight flavors that are shaped by refined tannins on the lingering and well-balanced finale. This isn't quite as concentrated as the Ronceret, and it's a bit less structured, but it's even finer. 91/2021+.  A Sweet Spot Wine. 91 Points

Normally $138.50
Special $117.75

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