Online-Only Auction, 12 - 19 October 2020
About this Item
The Clos des Lambrays vineyard name dates back to the 14th Century. The property was divided between 74 owners following the French Revolution, and wasn't reunited again until 1868. Over the next century the vineyard changed hands several times and fell into disarray, before it was purchased by Roland de Chambure and Fabien and Louis Saier in 1979. The new owners revitalized the vineyard and, in 1981, the vineyard was designated as Grand Cru. In 1996, ownership passed on to Gunter and Ruth Freund.
‘Bright pale-medium red. Higher-pitched but more reticent on the nose than the 2012, showing a distinctly floral aspect as well as a redder fruit quality; more delicate and pristine. Wonderfully sexy and complex if somewhat youthfully tight in the mouth, conveying an ineffable silkiness of texture rather than the sheer plushness of the '12. Less dark in its fruit character as well, offering flavors of red raspberry, cherry, brown spices and underbrush. Wonderfully tactile and delineated; this really glistens on the palate and on the very long, refined aftertaste. Here the tannins are suaver than those of the 2012. More about finesse than power, but this wine will nonetheless need time to express itself more fully. An essence of terroir and a wine of great verve. (13.4% alcohol; 3.55 pH; 3.7 g/l acidity). Drinking window 2024 - 2038.’ – Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, 94/100 (Apr 2019)
‘A highly expressive and very broad nose of superb aromatic complexity that includes earth, game, spice, red currant, plum, violets and a hint of the sauvage. The round and supple flavors possess outstanding detail and while the complexity doesn't quite match that of the exquisite nose, it's not far behind and this culminates in a beautifully balanced and harmonious finish that delivers striking persistence. I also had a chance to retaste the 2009 and it is bigger, richer and more powerful while the 2010 is much more of a wine of finesse and refinement. In a word, beautiful. Drink 2022+.’ – Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, 94/100 (Jan 2013)
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