The magnificent Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 2002, 2014, 2016 and 2017

The magnificent Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 2002, 2014, 2016 and 2017

4 Highly Rated Vintages including 2002!
Clos des Lambrays has an illustrious past and has produced some magnificent wines over the decades.
The recent sale of the domaine to the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy group for around 105 million Euros has brought this unique Grand Cru back into the spotlight. The vineyard is 8.84 hectares in size and were it not for a tiny slither (that was once a vegetable patch) owned by Taupenot-Merme it would be a Monopole.
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, who is largely responsible for the rise of the domaine, produced the outstanding recent vintages of 2014, 2016 and 2017 under LVMH ownership before retiring. From a superb private cellar we also have 9 bottles of the lovely 2002. This wine, at nearly 20 years of age, is nearing its peak.
We have a small quantity of all four available. Please act quickly if you wish to secure a bottle or two.
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Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 2002
$495.00 a bottle
9 bottles available
Wine Enthusiast: An elegant, charming wine that offers structure as well as finesse. The fruits are delicious, perfumed, just maturing into smoky bacon flavors. Dry tannins and red fruits are balanced by fresh acidity.
95 Points
Neal Martin, Vinous: The 2002 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru is a great success for retired winemaker Thierry Brouin. Redcurrants and cranberry on the nose, hints of allspice and tomato vine, all very well defined and conveying a sense of "coolness". The palate is very well balanced, a little rustic but with good weight, gently building towards a discrete ferrous finish that feels long and tender. This Grand Cru could be up and down in this period...this was definitely one of their finest moments. Tasted at the 1243 Club in Beaune (MAy 2019). (Drink between 2019-2035). 94 Points
Clive Coates: Good color. Ripe, stylish, fragrant nose. Medium-full body. Very good concentration and very lovely elegant, balanced fruit. This is not a blockbuster but is intense and very fine. To 2030. 18.5/20
Jancis Robinson: Mid crimson. Heady, rich cocktail of aromas. Almost brazen in its appeal. Something almost mushroomy already. And a fantastic hit of ripe yet subtle red fruits on the palate. Gamey, rich, truffley flavours. Acidity hits the palate first, then marked tannins with very deep and nuanced fruit to support them. Very textured. 18.5/20
Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 2014
$599.00 a bottle
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 2016
$649.00 a bottle
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
Wine Spectator
A racy style, defined by bracing acidity propelling the black currant, blackberry, iron, earth and spice flavors to a lingering conclusion. Balanced and full of energy, this needs time to really settle in and reveal all its facets in a harmonious way. Best from 2022 through 2043. 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
Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 2017
$615.00 a bottle
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). 95 Points
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). 95 Points
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. (Drink between 2025-2040). 18/20 Points
Tim Atkin MW: 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). 95 Points
Orders may also be placed to tracey@grandmillesime.com.au or phone (03) 9326 5737. The wine is available now.
 
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