Clos des Lambrays: Domaine des Lambrays Grand Cru 2005
We were fortunate to acquire a small parcel of historic near monopole Grand Cru ‘Clos des Lambrays’. Located just to the south-west of Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos des Lambrays is one of 5 Grand Crus sites in Morey-St-Denis. This structured and ageworthy Pinot Noir is the epitome of red Burgundy.
Lush and rich plum fruit with excellent balance, finesse and class – this is a wine with the power and structure for the long-term. Ideal with grouse, roast wood pigeon with a Madeira sauce and morelles or truffled ceps and girolles.
Said to have more structure and less fragrance than Chambolle-Musigny and more structure than Gevrey-Chambertin to the north, Clos des Lambrays goes further up the east-facing slopes than all the other Morey Grand Crus. Marl, limestone and some sand make up the soils and unusually much of the vineyard is planted in rows running from north to south rather than east to west to take advantage of the contours of the landscape. Three main vineyard areas delineate subtle differences in microclimate with variations in exposure, soil type and air flow. A higher proportion of iron oxide further up the slope adds a point of difference. Average vine age is 40 years and it is solely planted with Pinot Noir at yields of around 31hl/ha (planted to 10,000-12,000 vines per hectare).
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Burgundy, Côte de Nuits|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Pinot Noir|
|Food & Wine Matching||Pheasant and Game|
|Cellarage||Drink 2020 to 2035+|
|Vinification||Grapes tend to be hand-picked earlier than most to preserve freshness and are cold-soaked for around a week before fermentation using the majority of the stems. Punching over for gentle extraction before half of the wine is maturated in new French oak.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13.5|
Domaine des Lambrays
Domaine des Lambrays has historic origins yet is most known for its ownership of the Grand Cru vineyard 'Clos des Lambrays' plus some Premier Cru and Villages sites in Morey-St-Denis and Puligny-Montrachet. Its near 'monopole' stake in Clos des Lambrays (bar 420 square metres of the 8.66ha), means it looks after one of the largest of the Pinot Noir Grand Crus in Burgundy (promoted to Grand Cru in 1981). Owned by the Freune family from 1996 to 2014 who invested in quality, working with winemaker Thierry Brouin (who's been working there since 1979). In 2014 it was bought by Bernard Arnault's Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton group. Farmed according to organic principles, it uses horses to plough between rows and uses no anti-rot chemicals.
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