2014 Domaine des Lambrays Grand Cru "Clos des Lambrays"

SKU #1271601 96 points Decanter

 Ethereal notes of blackberry but also floral lift with a lovely silky texture and a savoury/mineral finish. Great appeal already. (GB)  (2/2016)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru is matured in 50% new oak and is 100% whole bunch fruit. It is blessed with a winsome bouquet. As usual, there is something very natural, unimposing and refined on the nose: blackberry and briary, a hint of graphite, a subtle leafiness maybe, and yet delineated and very pure. The palate is lively and energetic with crisp tannin, black rather than red fruit, linear and very classic in style with what you might call a "cool" marine-influenced finish that has fine salinity. What a great Clos des Lambrays that will put a smile on the face of those that adore refined Burgundy. Thierry Brouin has one year remaining as winemaker at Domaine de Lambrays and then a contractual two years as a consultant. "I'll be 70 by then," he told me with a Gallic shrug of the shoulders. "It's time for new blood." What with Sylvain Pitiot's retirement from Clos des Tart, it appears that a chapter in Morey-Saint-Denis is closing and a new one will be opening. The question is: will the next chapter be as good a read as the last? I hope so. (NM)  (12/2015)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A notably spicy, fresh, cool and floral nose displays mostly red berry fruit scents that are trimmed in discreet wood notes. There is excellent cut and definition to the nicely rich and attractively textured flavors that culminate in a presently austere finale though I doubt that austerity will persist. This is a relatively fine and forward vintage for Clos des Lambrays and one that should be approachable after only 7 to 8 years of bottle age.  (1/2016)

91-94 points Vinous

 Dark red-ruby. Liqueur-like cherry and raspberry on the nose, complicated and lifted by smoky minerality. Pliant, suave and sweet, displaying lovely volume and complex saline soil tones. The stem element here gives this wine good inner-mouth lift. Finishes supple and long, with sneaky energy. (ST)  (1/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Some evidence of new oak and drive here. Edgy with some nuttiness. Lots of savour and tight build. One of the most youthful 2014s.  (1/2016)

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