2014, 2015 and 2016 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru. Huge scores! Very limited

2014, 2015 and 2016 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru. Huge scores! Very limited

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2014, 2015 and 2016 - three of 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 the outstanding 2014, 2015 and 2016 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru. They are arguably the finest Clos des Lambrays of the last 50 years.

We have a small quantity of all three available Please act quicky if you wish to secure a bottle or two.

Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 2014
$545.00 a bottle

Lambrays Label
Decanter: Ethereal notes of blackberry but also floral lift with a lovely silky texture and a savoury/mineral finish. Great appeal already. 96 Points
Wine Enthusiast: This is such a perfumed wine with deceptively soft tannins and great fruit. The acidity is classic for the vintage, with raspberries and intense freshness at the end. It has a fine line of tannins and a life that will go far. Drink from 2022. *Cellar Selection*. 96 Points

John Gilman "View from the Cellar": The 2014 Clos des Lambrays is a great wine in the making. The stunning bouquet delivers a pure and sappy constellation of sweet dark berries, black cherries, woodsmoke, currant leaf, dark chocolate, a very complex base of soil, fresh herbs and just a whisper of new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and rock solid at the core, with great mineral drive, refined tannins and impeccable focus and balance on the long, ripely tannic and seamless finish. Drink between 2025-2075. 95 Points
Tim Atkin MW: Good bright red with a healthy, concentrated red fruit nose overlaid by a lick of oak. This is pleasingly concentrated on the palate, deep red fruit rather than black, plenty of oak but judiciously integrated. Balanced and stylish with medium density - what this vintage is all about. 94 Points

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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Chezeaux Griottes
Domaine des Chezeaux (Ponsot) Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016
Simply superb!
16 bottles available
Recently I attended a Griotte-Chambertin Dinner. Nine different Griotte were served. The top wine for 7 of the 10 tasters was the Domaine des Chezeaux (Ponsot) Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016. It was simply superb!
The wine has an interesting back story....
You may know that Ponsot manages several vineyards and makes wines from appellations owned by the Mercier family, the proprietors of Domaine des Chezeaux. The wines are made under a metayage arrangement where Ponsot keeps two-thirds and Domaine des Chezeaux gets one-third. The wines are identical - only the label is different.
 
Well that is apart from the price...
 
Our favourite vineyard under this arrangement is the Griotte-Chambertin. The Mercier family own 60% of this Grand Cru - a whopping 1.57 hectares.
 
Recently we saw the Laurent Ponsot labelled Griotte-Chambertin 2016 being offered at $1770.00 a bottle.
 
We have the same wine in stock with the Domaine des Chezeaux label, for just $552.50 a bottle. That's a third of the price! So we ask...how much is a paper label worth?
 
The wine acknowledges Laurent Ponsot as the maker on the front label and the bottle has LAURENT PONSOT moulded into the glass on the base.

If you would like some bottles of the Laurent Ponsot made Domaine des Chezeaux Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016 at our price don't delay. Ponsot sure does know how to make It - this is a great wine. So whichever label you prefer for your cellar you'll be getting a seriously good wine.

Normally $650.00
Special $552.50
Jasper Morris MW: In Laurent's time at Domaine Ponsot this could be a veritable hit or a slight miss. The 2016 looks like the former. It has a gorgeous purple black centre, then a marvellous richness of red and black fruit through the middle, a very valuable bite of acidity, and all sorts of detailed little red fruits dancing across the palate, offering amazing detail. Very promising!  95-97 Points

John Gilman "View from the Cellar"Very much in its customary style, offering up a ripe and sappy nose of black cherries, plums, chocolate, roasted meats, a fine base of soil, a touch of mustard seed and plenty of upper register smokiness. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, powerful and opulent in personality, with a sappy core, fine-grained tannins and excellent length and grip on the long, tangy and beautifully balanced finish. A classic Griotte in the making. 2031-2080. 95+ Points

Burghound: Airy and cool aromas are comprised by notes of black cherry, raspberry, spice and newly turned earth. There is flat out superb intensity to the mineral-driven and sleekly muscular middle weight plus flavors that possess a more sophisticated mouthfeel before concluding in a dusty, serious, palate coating and ultra-saline finish that goes on and on. Note however that this beauty of a Griotte is markedly firm and will not be an especially inviting early drinker. (Drink starting 2033). 92-95 Points

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