2013 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru (Previously $250)

SKU #1244875 92-95 points Vinous

 Healthy bright red. A sexy earthy perfume makes for a deep, mellow nose; smells thick! Then lush and deep on the palate, but with surprising energy and shape to the highly complex flavors of cherry, clove, espresso, dried flowers, licorice pastille, underbrush and minerals. Wonderfully plush and voluminous without any excess weight. The penetrating finish is gripping and very long. Superb, terroir-driven grand cru with a long future ahead of it. (ST)  (1/2015)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Clos des Lambrays is whole bunch as usual (whereas the Morey Saint Denis is destemmed) and raised in 50% new oak. Thierry Brouin assembled my sample from four barrels scattered around the cellar, since the ventilation at one end creates variance in maturation. It has a refined bouquet with crisp leafy red berry fruit, harmonious and gaining intensity in the glass, fine mineralité underneath. The palate is well balanced with fine tannins and very well-judged acidity. This feels very harmonious with more energy and tension than the 2012, structured with a bright and vivacious finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is a classy Clos des Lambrays 2013 that should age with panache. (NM)  (12/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Spicy and aromatic, featuring sandalwood, green olive, cedar, and nutmeg notes, framing cherry and currant flavors. Crisp, taut, and balanced. Best from 2019 through 2035.  (2/2016)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here there is gentle wood setting off a similar if more complex nose that displays prominent floral and spice scents. There is very good volume to the utterly delicious medium weight and wonderfully vibrant flavors that possess really fine delineation before culminating in a mineral-inflected, saline and focused finish. I very much admire the sleek mouth feel as well as the impeccable balance. Lovely juice that is quite firmly structured and a bit less youthfully austere than usual.  (1/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Wild, spicy, this sample seems rather volatile, then a big hit of stems on the palate. A lot of character here, all chaotic now, but the elements of a thrilling bottle are there. (18/20 points)  (1/2015)

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