2006 Lambrays - Clos des Lambrays 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Nuits - Morey St Denis | Grand Cru/ Red / Pinot Noir   |     Watch

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 2006 Clos des Lambrays is darkly-shaded in aromatics to match its darker color vis-a-vis its two littler siblings. Ripe plum and blackberry, burley tobacco, resin, and tar in the nose are transported to a palate that shares the sappy intensity, cling, and invigoration ' via tart, spicy and tactile mineral impingement ' that are common to this year's Domaine des Lambrays trio. Here, hints of violet perfume and a lurking sense of gaminess add mystery. Black pepper, cardamom, berry skins, chalk, salt, and resin are featured in a tenacious finish of vibratory energy. The longer this was open to the air, the more it fascinated. I see no reason to defer the pleasures of its company now, but would expect it to be well worth following for 10-12 years. In retrospect, this seems to me the unequivocal statement of grand cru depth and complexity that I have been seeking without complete satisfaction in so many previous vintages of Clos des Lambrays.

Drink Dates: 2009-2021
Author: David Schildknecht
Issue: 186

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Alluring and supple, yet the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. The silky texture soon gives way to a firmly tannic structure, but the berry, spice and mineral flavors are constant from start to finish.

Drink Dates: 2012-2025
Author: Bruce Sanderson

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($165) Good full red. Dark cherry, licorice and brown spices on the nose, plus a whiff of leather. Suave on entry, then tightly wound and deep in the middle, offering lovely lift and perfume to the highly nuanced flavors of blueberry, black cherry, brown spices, minerals and humus. Not especially sweet in the early going, but this boasts excellent mid-palate density and finishes with noteworthy generosity of texture, pungent minerality and suave, dusty tannins. Seems riper and deeper than the young 2007. I'd wait four or five years on this one.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 143

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Burghound | Rating: 91

(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) Not surprisingly, this is more elegant, more refined, more complex and more complete though perhaps less than one might have expected. A moderately ripe red berry fruit nose with earth, stone and spice undertones introduces sappy and mouth coating flavors that possess good if not special concentration and dry extract on the moderately long and slightly warm finish. In sum, 2006 is a perfectly good vintage for the Clos des Lambrays but not a truly distinguished one.

Drink Dates: 2014+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 33

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

 Notably dark crimson. Subtle, mushroomy, autumnal nose. Very sweet and juicy. Some astringency on the finish but overall decent balance. Medium weight only.

Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Average rating: 92, based on 5 reviews
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500 bottles owned by 117 collectors.

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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.

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

Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir

Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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