2005 Lambrays - Clos des Lambrays 750ml

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2005 Lambrays - Clos des Lambrays
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Reviews For This Wine


 
Burghound | 94

(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) A much more deeply pitched nose of dark berry fruit, spice, earth, a hint of animale and an overlay of obvious minerality complements perfectly the rich, full and sweet broad-scaled yet elegant flavors that are solidly structured and firm on the detailed and wonderfully intense finish. This powerful, long and serious vintage of Clos des Lambrays is built for the medium plus term, which is to say out to 20 years of improvement followed by another 20 of plateau.

Drink Dates: 2017+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 29

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International Wine Cellar | 93(+?)

($155) Medium red. Riper, darker nose features blueberry, spices and a sexy earthy perfume. Supple and juicy, with excellent spicy lift to the blackberry, blueberry, game and mineral flavors. Sweeter and denser than the village example but more noteworthy for its insinuating soil tones than for sheer size-or is this simply in a shell today? The long, resounding, dry finish features very fine-grained tannins and lovely lift. This, too, seems to be shutting down in the bottle. But it should be long-lived.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 137

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Jancis Robinson | 18.5

Very glorious fruit expression on the nose. Complete. Spreads right across the palate. Real delicacy and lift. Lovely stuff. Still lots of tannin but well hidden. Thierry Bruin thinks it will close up soon but it’s still pretty lovely now. (JR)

Drink Dates: 2012-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 91-93

The 2005 Clos de Lambrays leads with hints of cedar and spruce resin (or is that actually ripe Pinot stems?), bitter-sweet florality, pungent spices, black tea, salt spray, iodine and Cote-Rotie-like smoked meats. Plum and cherry - with a strong dose of skins and pits -- almost come as an aromatic afterthought. A subtly bitter, tart edge follows the flowers, meat and minerals onto the palate and helps lend profile and pungent energy to the wine, which sticks tenaciously to the palate as if it were exactly the sort of resin suggested in its aroma. This is serious in a rather somber way, and the abundance of tannin and sheer density of this wine suggest one wait 6-8 years before peeking beneath another cork. But I strongly suggest it will make excellent old bones, so my score could easily mislead. (I find the peppery, spicy, highly satisfying 2004 very nearly as good today, not to mention more charming and a better bet for the short run.)

Author: David Schildknecht
Issue: 170

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Wine Spectator | 95

A red of purity and suppleness. Reveals a dense core of cherry, spice and mineral aromas and flavors allied to a firm structure, while great energy propels this to a long, lingering aftertaste. A combination of power and finesse. 425 cases imported.

Drink Dates: 2014-2030
Author: Bruce Sanderson


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Score: 93
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/15/2014
Lovely, restrained, subtle, starting to drink well.
Score: 93
Author: Jeff
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/15/2010
Drink Dates:
Popped and poured. Dark ruby. Deep nose of t and a, blue fruits and spicy oak. Still completely primary and has yet to absorb the oak. Distinct minerality in the mouth, well structured, but not lean. Good balance between acidity and tannins. Long finish. Long life ahead.
More Vintages and Sizes of Lambrays - Clos des Lambrays:

2010 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)
2002 (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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