1999 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru

SKU #996475 94 points Burghound

Outer quote mark I was quite surprised to find just how open for business this was in magnum format as I expected something far more reserved but such was not the case. A beautiful and highly expressive nose of ripe black cherry, earth and the hallmark red pinot fruit is followed by medium weight yet concentrated flavors of bacon, smoke and sappy pinot extract that are given lift and verve by the intense minerality and outstanding length. This has added a good deal of weight and seems more powerful than before yet it remains very stylish and classy with excellent potential though like the same wine in 750 ml (see herein), this is so well balanced and harmonious that it could easily be drunk now with pleasure. That said, unless you are lucky enough to have this in quantity, I would counsel cellaring it for another 5 to 10 years. In a word, terrific. Try from 2014+ Inner quote mark (5/2010)

94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 1999 Clos des Lambrays is an outstanding example of the vintage. The bouquet is deep and classic, offering up an adolescent blend of dark berries, cassis, espresso, a fine, complex base of soil tones, incipient notes of venison and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, long and complex, with a fairly closed personality today, fine depth at the core, lovely soil signature and excellent length and grip on the moderately tannic and still fairly tightly-knit finish. This is certainly approachable today, but give it another five to ten years to really let it reach its apogee, as the wine is still quite obviously still ascending. (Drink between 2018-2050) Inner quote mark (2/2015)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Very ripe aromas of dark fruits, cinders, spices and earth, along with strong torrefaction notes of coffee and mocha; there's something here that's dulling the fruit. More pristine in the mouth than on the nose, but showing obvious evolution to its flavors of black fruits, iron and brown spices. Plenty of thickness here but lacks the peppery clarity of the 2001. Finishes with robust, rather dusty tannins. This is considerably less impressive and more evolved than a brilliant bottle I tried last winter for my 1999 horizontal, perhaps owing to a touch of brett, which has compromised the wine's inner-mouth tension and minerality. (13.9% alcohol; 3.54 pH; 3.4 g/l acidity; the crop level even after a green harvest was 45 hectoliters per hectare, which Thierry Brouin said was the highest during his time at Domaine des Lambrays) (ST) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Fresh and lovely, with chocolate mousse character. Smooth, balanced, medium-bodied and supple, with hints of blackberry. Seductive finish displays mineral and wet earth terroir complexity. (PM) Inner quote mark (2/2002)

89-91 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The dark ruby-colored 1999 Clos Des Lambrays exhibits blackberry, cassis, blood orange, and spice aromas. It is medium-bodied, with a well-made candle wax, blackberry, cassis, and hoisin sauce-flavored personality. This spicy, extroverted wine is velvety-textured and appealing. Grand crus of the Cote de Nuits were entitled to 46 hectoliters per hectare yields (including the PLC) and the Domaine des Lambrays produced 45.5 hectoliters per hectare... (PR) Inner quote mark (8/2001)

90 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good full deep red. Complex aromas of wild red fruits, underbrush and minerals, complicated by hints of earth, herbs and game. Sweeter and riper than the village and premier cru bottlings, with much more buffering volume to support its fairly sizable tannic structure. Still, the tannins are slightly dusty. (ST) Inner quote mark (3/2002)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Rich, round and spicy. Good stuff that is wearing well and has lots of lip smacking stuffing. 18.5/20 (JH) Inner quote mark (1/2013)

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