2015 and 2016 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru. Huge scores!

2015 and 2016 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru. Huge scores!

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2015 and 2016 - arguably the finest Clos des Lambrays of the last 50 years
 
Clos des Lambrays has an illustrious past. I have had the pleasure of drinking some magnificent bottles from the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's. However, in the 1960's through 1990's the domaine lost its way. For a Grand Cru vineyard (which is almost a monopole) the wines simply weren't up to scratch. At the end of the 1990's the domaine showed signs of a resurgence which has continued from that time. In the 1980's a program of replanting commenced to replace vineyards were replanted and a huge number of changes were made in the vineyards and winery by Thierry Brouhin. The recent sale of the domaine to the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy group for around 80 million Euros has no doubt seen an injection of capital that will surely see the domaine retain its lofty position of yesteryear. However, considering the amount of Clos des Lambrays produced each year it is a gigantic investment.
 
Clos des Lambrays is the steepest of the Morey Grand Crus. What many do not know is that the vineyard has three climats, each bringing a different character to the final assemblage. The soil contains many rocks and is rich in iron oxide which explains the elegant, blue fruit and mineral style of the vineyard. Thierry Brouhin, responsible for the rise of the domaine, was engaged for a few years and has produced an outstanding 2015 and 2016 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru. They are arguably the finest Clos des Lambrays of the last 50 years.

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Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 2015
$585.00 a bottle

Lambrays Label Decanter: Sweet, elegant raspberry nose with lovely poise and clarity of fruit. A sleek attack, pure and delicate but not lacking in intensity. Finely textured but there's no lack of firm tannins coasting beneath the fruit. Beautifully balanced and very long, with beguiling finesse on the finish. (Drink between 2019-2035). 97 Points
John Gilman "View from the Cellar": 
The 2015 Clos des Lambrays includes ninety-five percent whole clusters this year and is a stunning wine in the making. The bouquet is deep, pure and very expressive out of the blocks, soaring from the glass in a blaze of black plums, sweet cassis, espresso, woodsmoke, gamebird, raw cocoa, a great base of dark soil tones and a nice framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with laser like focus, great balance and grip and a very long, fine-grained and vibrant finish. This will take at least a decade to blossom, but it will be a great wine in the fullness of time. 2025-2075+. 96+ Points
Tim Atkin MW: Made with 100% whole bunches, at it nearly always is, this is one of the most recognisable Burgundies of all in a blind tasting, with notes of peaty Islay malt whisky, sappy, stemmy tannins and complex, savoury, meaty red berry and tobacco notes. The underlying acidity brings a welcome freshness to the finish. 2022-30. 
95 Points

Vinous: Stephen Tanzer: 
Healthy dark red. Pure but tight aromas of raspberry, spices, rose petal, licorice and herbs. Densely packed and vibrant--impressively so for a 2015--with notes of bitter orange rind and peppery herbs accenting its flavors of red berries, brown spices, menthol, mocha and underbrush. Very savory wine with terrific spicy depth, as well as more punch than the 2016. Finishes very firm and extremely long, with serious but refined tannins and superb lift. An outstanding vintage for this grand cru, this wine combines the best characteristics of 2005 and 2010, and that's a formula for longevity and greatness. (Drink between 2027-2043). 95 Points

Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 2016
$585.00 a bottle

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
Jasper Morris MW: 85% whole bunch 50% new wood. About to be racked. Slightly more density of colour here. Some white pepper from the stems. Very dense in its reserved way, not an explosion but all is there. Soft red fruit, some spice, tannins present but not prominent, acidity tamed. Very persistent. A classic Thierry Brouin style Clos des Lambrays. 94-96 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
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

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Bouley Grand Champs 2015 Label
Domaine Pascal Bouley Volnay 1er Cru Les Grands Champs Monopole 2015
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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 monopole Les Grands Champs from which they produce a classic, elegant and aromatic Volnay.
The Fine Wine Review: Les Grands Champs is one of those lieux-dits that is part premier cru and part village. Bouley is the sole owner of the premier cru portion. The wine has floral and dark fruit aromas. The mouth is smooth and long with dark fruits and plenty of finesse. The wine seems not quite as tannic as the Robardelles. 91 Points

Bill Nanson "The Burgundy Report": The monopoly of this 0.24 hectare 1er cru section of the Grand Champs vineyard.
Lots of colour. A nose similar to the last - vivid and intense - almost volatile at this stage of elevage. Fresh, fine, very wide, high-toned fruit. A good mid-palate weight of flavour here - more considered, fresh but not with overt energy. Layers in the finish - it's a great finish. Yum!

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