2002 Lambrays - Clos des Lambrays 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Nuits - Morey St Denis | Grand Cru/ Red / Pinot Noir
2002 Lambrays - Clos des Lambrays

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Burghound | 92

(produced from two large parcels of differing vine age - one that is approximately two-thirds of the blend and is now 45 years of age and a second, smaller group of vines that is approximately 20 years of age) Medium ruby. Aromas of wild berries, game and a subtle note of smoke lead to rich, intense, moderately fat flavors that are wonderfully well-balanced largely because of the racy, indeed bright acidity. This has tightened up considerably since it was bottled with a dusty, sweet and precise finish that is strikingly long. In short, delicious yet entirely serious and a wine that should age gracefully for two decades, perhaps longer.

Drink Dates: 2012+
Issue: Issue 17

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International Wine Cellar | 92

($100) Good medium red. Superripe, slightly liqueur-like aromas of crushed cherry, smoke, pepper and underbrush. Peppery, penetrating and youthfully tight, with a surprisingly restrained sweetness for 2002. Sharply defined, juicy flavors of raspberry, herbs and spices; conveys a distinct impression of soil character. The finish dusts the palate with white and green pepper and spices. Utterly singular wine. Brouin expressed the opinion that 2001 and 1998 here showcase terroir character, while 2002 and 1999 offer both terroir and fruit. The vines here average 45 years of age despite some recent replanting.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 119

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Jancis Robinson | 18.5

CS   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.

Drink Dates: 2010-2022
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 90-92

The medium to full-bodied 2002 Clos des Lambrays sports a nose of freshly laid asphalt, spices, and blackberries. Rich, waxy, and firm, its character offers flavors reminiscent of blackberries, cassis, mocha, chocolate, tar, and licorice. Its firm yet ripe personality will repay patience.

Drink Dates: 2007-2014
Author: Pierre Rovani
Issue: 153

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Wine Spectator | 93

Powerful, opulent and densely packed with black cherry, leather, licorice and spice, this is classy and transmits its terroir. Its rich profile is supported by firm, ripe tannins and vibrant acidity. Be patient. 1,700 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: Bruce Sanderson


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Score: 92
Author: Matt
Tasted On: 08/03/2014
Drink Dates: 2004-2017
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Author: ekinocs
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 11/13/2013
A strange bottle; not corked, not old, just fruit turned into a sour acidic aftertaste
More Vintages and Sizes of Lambrays - Clos des Lambrays:

2010 (750ml)
2004 (750ml)

About This Producer


This vineyard near Morey St Denis in the Cote de Nuits produced stellar wines in the 1940s and fully deserved Grand Cru status, yet this was not achieved until 1981. Under owners Roland de Chambure, the Saier family and oenologist Thierry Brouin, the "sleeping beauty" vineyard succeeded in making a comeback after having fallen into disrepair in the 1970s. In 1996 after being sold again, the new owners, Gunter and Ruth Freund, restored the chateau and re-established the successful path that Lambrays has since followed.

The wines are studies in finessed concentration and exhibit an enchanting blend of fruit, spice and mineral that continues to evolve on the palate and in the cellar. In addition to the Morey St Denis reds, Lambrays also produces a few Chardonnays from Puligny Montrachet.

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See other similar producers: Domaine Gerard Raphet, Domaine des Lambrays, Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur

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