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2005 Lambrays - Clos des Lambrays 750ml
2005 Lambrays - Clos des Lambrays
France - Burgundy - Cote de Nuits - Morey St Denis / Grand Cru
Red / Pinot Noir
2005 Lambrays - Clos des Lambrays
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Professional Reviews

BH
94

Burghound Author: Allen Meadows Issue: Issue 29

(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.

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IWC
93(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 137

($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.

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JR
18.5

Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

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)

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WA
91-93

Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht Issue: 170

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.)

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WS
95

Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson

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.

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Community Reviews

93

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.

93

Stephen G41 Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 03/29/2010

Very fine, suprising depth this early in its evolution.

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