Wild, dark hedgerow berry fruit; dark, ripe, brooding and autumnal, notes of cassis and cherry. Dense, velvety and extremely powerful,
not perhaps typically Clos des Lambrays but mightily intense and impressive.
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.
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.