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Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 2005

Pinot Noir from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France
WE 98
FWR 94-98
B&D 97
DE 96
WS 95
AM 94
Item # 115701

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750ml
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98 points Wine Enthusiast: "A beautiful, pure wine that combines freshness and intense richness. It seems to float while still giving a huge mouthful of plums, coffee and sweet, juicy tannins. A straight line of pure flavor all the way to the finish. Cellar Selection. (Aug 2008)"

94-98 points Fine Wine Review: "The Clos des Lambrays may be the greatest in more than a half century. The nose shows spiced pure dark fruit, especially blueberries. In the mouth, the wine displays depth, purity, complexity, and precision to its spiced blueberry fruit and great elegance which is both a hallmark of the vintage and of the terroir here. (Issue #114; 2006)"

97 points Bettane & Desseauve's Guide to the Wines of France: "A great, perfectly balanced wine with exemplary finesse and sincerity! It always starts off a bit less flamboyant than the Clos de Tart, its immediate neighbor and takes its time! Drink: 2011 up to 2030. (2011)"

96 points (19/20) Decanter: "Harmonious and opulent, with bright cherry and cooler blue fruit, ripe and rounded tannins coupled with iodine freshness. Full-bodied, vivacious with depth and tannic edge that bodes well for ageing. Drink: 2020-2040. alcohol 13.5%. (Oct 2014)" 'Top 100 Wine of 2008 (#26)' and 95 points Wine Spectator: "A red of purity and suppleness. It reveals a dense core of cherry, spice and mineral aromas and flavors allied to a firm structure. Great energy propels this to a long, lingering aftertaste. A combination of power and finesse. Best from 2014 through 2030. 425 cases imported. (5/15/08)"

94 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): "(produced from two large parcels of differing vine age - one that is approximately two-thirds of the blend and is now 45 years of age and a second, smaller group of vines that is approximately 20+ years of age). A much more deeply pitched nose of dark berry fruit, spice, earth, a hint of animale and an overlay of obvious minerality complements perfectly the rich, full and sweet broad-scaled yet elegant flavors that are solidly structured and firm on the detailed and wonderfully intense finish. This powerful, long and serious vintage of Clos des Lambrays is built for the medium plus term, which is to say out to 20 years of improvement followed by another 20 of plateau. Drink: 2017+. (Jan 2008)"

94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "The 2005 Clos des Lambrays is excellent, and will prove to be one of the finest vintages of this wine made since the renaissance truly began here back in 1993. The bouquet on the ’05 is deep and primary and really lovely, as it offers up notes of black cherries, red plums, cocoa, a great base of minerality, espresso, herb tones and a gentle framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused, deep and suavely tannic, with a great core of sappy fruit, strong soil inflection, and great nervosité and grip on the long, tangy finish. This is simply the finest Clos des Lambrays I have tasted since the glory days of the thirties and forties. It should offer excellent value in the context of 2005 grand cru pricing, and is worth a special search. 2015-2050. (Nov/Dec 2006)"

93 points Stephen Tanzer (IWC): "Medium red. Riper, darker nose features blueberry, spices and a sexy earthy perfume. Supple and juicy, with excellent spicy lift to the blackberry, blueberry, game and mineral flavors. Sweeter and denser than the village example but more noteworthy for its insinuating soil tones than for sheer size-or is this simply in a shell today? The long, resounding, dry finish features very fine-grained tannins and lovely lift. This, too, seems to be shutting down in the bottle. But it should be long-lived. (Mar/Apr 2008)"
98 points Wine Enthusiast: "A beautiful, pure wine that combines freshness and intense richness. It seems to float while still giving a huge mouthful of plums, coffee and sweet, juicy tannins. A straight line of pure flavor all the way to the finish. Cellar Selection. (Aug 2008)"

94-98 points Fine Wine Review: "The Clos des Lambrays may be the greatest in more than a half century. The nose shows spiced pure dark fruit, especially blueberries. In the mouth, the wine displays depth, purity, complexity, and precision to its spiced blueberry fruit and great elegance which is both a hallmark of the vintage and of the terroir here. (Issue #114; 2006)"

97 points Bettane & Desseauve's Guide to the Wines of France: "A great, perfectly balanced wine with exemplary finesse and sincerity! It always starts off a bit less flamboyant than the Clos de Tart, its immediate neighbor and takes its time! Drink: 2011 up to 2030. (2011)"

96 points (19/20) Decanter: "Harmonious and opulent, with bright cherry and cooler blue fruit, ripe and rounded tannins coupled with iodine freshness. Full-bodied, vivacious with depth and tannic edge that bodes well for ageing. Drink: 2020-2040. alcohol 13.5%. (Oct 2014)" 'Top 100 Wine of 2008 (#26)' and 95 points Wine Spectator: "A red of purity and suppleness. It reveals a dense core of cherry, spice and mineral aromas and flavors allied to a firm structure. Great energy propels this to a long, lingering aftertaste. A combination of power and finesse. Best from 2014 through 2030. 425 cases imported. (5/15/08)"

94 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): "(produced from two large parcels of differing vine age - one that is approximately two-thirds of the blend and is now 45 years of age and a second, smaller group of vines that is approximately 20+ years of age). A much more deeply pitched nose of dark berry fruit, spice, earth, a hint of animale and an overlay of obvious minerality complements perfectly the rich, full and sweet broad-scaled yet elegant flavors that are solidly structured and firm on the detailed and wonderfully intense finish. This powerful, long and serious vintage of Clos des Lambrays is built for the medium plus term, which is to say out to 20 years of improvement followed by another 20 of plateau. Drink: 2017+. (Jan 2008)"

94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "The 2005 Clos des Lambrays is excellent, and will prove to be one of the finest vintages of this wine made since the renaissance truly began here back in 1993. The bouquet on the ’05 is deep and primary and really lovely, as it offers up notes of black cherries, red plums, cocoa, a great base of minerality, espresso, herb tones and a gentle framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused, deep and suavely tannic, with a great core of sappy fruit, strong soil inflection, and great nervosité and grip on the long, tangy finish. This is simply the finest Clos des Lambrays I have tasted since the glory days of the thirties and forties. It should offer excellent value in the context of 2005 grand cru pricing, and is worth a special search. 2015-2050. (Nov/Dec 2006)"

93 points Stephen Tanzer (IWC): "Medium red. Riper, darker nose features blueberry, spices and a sexy earthy perfume. Supple and juicy, with excellent spicy lift to the blackberry, blueberry, game and mineral flavors. Sweeter and denser than the village example but more noteworthy for its insinuating soil tones than for sheer size-or is this simply in a shell today? The long, resounding, dry finish features very fine-grained tannins and lovely lift. This, too, seems to be shutting down in the bottle. But it should be long-lived. (Mar/Apr 2008)"
Product SKU 115701
Producer Lambrays
Country France
Region Burgundy
SubRegion Côte de Nuits
Appellation Morey-St.-Denis
Varietal Pinot Noir
Designation Grand Cru|Monopole
Vintage 2005
Size 750ml
Color Red
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