Clos des Lambrays, Grand Cru, 2009

  Domaine des Lambrays

Even in the ripe, super-fruity 2009 vintage, Clos des Lambrays still maintains that air of nobility and understatement; the flavours are bright as well as being ripe, notes of cherry fruit liqueur, damson, blueberry, bramble and richer touches of griotte wrapped in very fine, but gripping tannins. A wine of great breed and composure.

Contains Sulphites.

About Domaine des Lambrays

Clos des Lambrays was a vineyard established as early as 1365 and was elevated to Grand Cru status in 1981. This has become a benchmark Domaine for the Burgundy lover, producing subtle, pure Burgundies that are drinkable and generous without ever over stepping the mark. Largely traditional winemaking applies, bunches are fermented whole in open top tanks followed by ageing for 18 months in 50% new oak barrels. In 2014, LVMH bought the Clos des Lambrays and would no doubt be investing hugely in this new project, starting by keeping the longtime winemaker Thierry Brouin.

Appellation: Clos des Lambrays

Clos des Lambrays is a Grand Cru vineyard within the commune of Morey St Denis owned by Domaine des Lambrays. Although it has always been a noble and well-regarded vineyard, the Clos really made its name in the late 1970s during a significant programme of replanting and investment. All this work paid off as the land was officially promoted to Grand Cru status in 1981. It borders another famous Grand Cru – Clos de Tart – and stylistically is rich, warm and relatively spicy yet without the muscle of neighbouring village Gevrey Chambertin.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, California’s Carneros, Oregon and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.