2015 Domaine Des Lambrays Clos Des Lambrays Grand Cru
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Domaine des Lambrays
Clos des Lambrays
Grand Cru Red barrel
Tasted: Jan 15, 2017
Note: produced from two large parcels of differing vine age – one that is approximately two-thirds of the blend and is now 50+ years of age and a second, smaller group of vines that is approximately 25+ years of age; made with 100% whole clusters
Producer note: Long-time régisseur (resident manager) Thierry Brouin joked that 2015 had “about the easiest growing season that I can remember as there was really almost nothing to worry about but we worried anyway because you just never know what might happen! We picked the pinot on the 3rd of September and then brought in the chardonnay on the 5th. Yields were alright, neither high nor low at 31 hl/ha and potential alcohols were good but not better at 12.5%. I used between 50 and 100% whole clusters and did a slightly softer vinification as the skins were thick and thus the colors and tannins came easily. As to the wines, they are ripe but fresh with plenty of power and concentration but they are well-balanced and thus should age effortlessly.” My take on the Lambrays 2015s is that they slightly out-performed the general quality of the vintage. Brouin told me that the brilliant 2014 Clos, revisited below, was bottled in March 2016. (Weygandt-Metzler, www.weygandtmetzler.com, Unionville, PA; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Howard Ripley, www.howardripley.com, Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, Uncorked Ltd, www.uncorked.co.uk and Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, all UK).
Tasting note: Once again the nose is quite ripe yet very fresh with its layered array of spicy and markedly floral-inflected black cherry and plum scents. There is impressive size, weight and power to the more mineral-driven and refined medium-bodied flavors that are shaped by a distinctly firm tannic spine on the wonderfully persistent and mildly austere finale. This is one very serious wine in 2015 and thus be prepared to allow it at least 10 to 12 years first.