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 Vintage1997 Label 1 of 38 
ProducerDomaine des Lambrays (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionCôte de Nuits
AppellationClos des Lambrays Grand Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2005 and 2013 (based on 3 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.2 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 31 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by MJD Cellar on 6/14/2015 & rated 93 points: Deep red, full bodied with earth and pepper. Fully mature and benefited from 20 minutes in bottle. (105 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/3/2015: Needs 20-30 minutes, but such a solid wine and showing all it has right now. Yes, on the ripe side, but still great balance. A- (275 views)
 Tasted by Rupert on 6/19/2014 & rated 90 points: Pale, stemmy, fresh, quite enticing (1133 views)
 Tasted by Rupert on 4/28/2014 & rated 90 points: Next to the Fourrier villages Gevrey from the same vintage, this was paler, thinner, earthier, more raw, a bit peppery in fact, but at the back end this too had a sweet strawberry kick. Nice (1234 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 3/7/2014 & rated 91 points: Platinum Tasting - 1997 Burgundy 1er and Grand Crus (Andre and Sabine's House, Mountain View, CA): More brown than the other wines in this line-up. Gorgeous, generous, vegetal nose (B++/A-). Gorgeous palate (A-).
My #7, Group's #10 (106 pts). Tasted blind. (1222 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/8/2014 & rated 90 points: Light ruby red with slight bricking. There is a slight off-putting aroma in this particular bottle, not horribly corked, but this is definitely not up to par with the other bottles. Nevertheless, some tart cherry, green pepper, asian spices and forest-floor that gives way to a very silky palate with still sweet crushed berry fruit, pepper and wet earth on the finish. (1191 views)
 Tasted by Milos on 1/10/2014 & rated 94 points: I have been told that in Burgundy you have great bottles rather than great wines. I had a bottle of this wine about a month ago and it was a great bottle. This was a very good bottle. Bright deep red with very little brick. Nose is very forward, but lacked the barn yard of the previous bottle, more ripe red cherry driven with some mineral notes, but well structured. The palate is silky and tannins resolved. Very long finish. Very good Burgundy! (1059 views)
 Tasted by Milos on 12/12/2013 & rated 96 points: I have been told that in Burgundy you have great bottles rather than great wines. This was a great bottle. Quite deep red with little brick. Nose is very forward, barn yard, forest undergrowth and ripe dark cherry, slightly stewed, but that only adds complexity and does not distract. The palate is silky, tannins completely resolved, with nice balance between acidity sweetness of the sweet fruit. The wine feels almost viscous on the palate, yet light on its feet at the same time. Very long finish. Memorable Burgundy! (540 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 8/24/2013: Similar to my last note, this was great right out of the bottle. Ripe red fruit, fully mature wine that has all of what you expect from the better '97s. Certainly time to drink up, but this is in a good spot, and a very good first red of the evening. A- (930 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/23/2012: Big, ripe wine. Much more full bodied and complete than I expected. Drinking really well right now. Should hold for a bit, but don't wait. A- (1203 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/20/2012 & rated 93 points: Light ruby red color. Beautiful classic burgundy nose, tart red cherries, underbrush, asian spices, violets all vie for attention. Well defined, medium-bodies and silky palate with impeccable balance of acid, ripe red cherry fruit, hint of smoke and violet perfume on the finish. (1266 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/13/2012 & rated 92 points: Red with bricking around the edges. Opened cork and left for 4 h. Lovely seductive nose that has red cherry liquer with pits, leather, forest floor, asian spice and smoke. A well integrated mid-bodied palate has silky red berry and plum fruit, good mid-palate sap with a smoky and lingering floral perfume in the mouth. (1575 views)
 Tasted by dkawai1980 on 4/21/2012 & rated 91 points: Amazing aromas of perfume and strawberries. Have never experienced anything like this.

Palate is nice with strawberry jam and strong enough acid to make this interesting (1988 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 4/9/2012: Random Notes from Travels in France; 4/6/2012-4/14/2012 (Paris, Loire, Alsace): Mature with some browning. Strange combination of stalkiness and artificial sweetness at first (chaptalization?), but this improved over time to show some gaminess, cocoa and ripe black fruits. Some VA. Not great but at least a '97 that has held on for 15 years. Drink now if you own any. (2105 views)
 Tasted by acyso on 4/27/2011 & rated 90 points: Very pale colour, with significant bricking. Very alluring and perfumed nose of ripe red fruits, rust, and a good hint of earthiness along with some green notes. Very sweet on the palate and also quite jammy as well. Feels concentrated, but lacks complexity. There is a little bit of menthol on the relatively short finish. It's a very pleasant old Burgundy to drink, but it's not grand vin. Approachable now, but I strongly doubt we're headed for any more improvement in the future. (1649 views)
 Tasted by Mistress of Wine on 7/5/2010: Dark ruby with some bricking at the edge. Nose of sour cherry, rose petal, tobacco and earth. A little lean and very dry on the finish, though still fresh. Good but not great old Burgundy. We should drink the next bottle this year. (1801 views)
 Tasted by dbkitc on 11/11/2009 & rated 83 points: Ruby – brick to light salmon at rim. Pretty explosive nose that makes its way across the room. Mature and sappy pinot fruit, a touch of heat, new tennis shoes, mixed berry jelly and menthol. Kind of all over the place. Medium weight but more noble feel on the palate. Taste is also trying to find its feet. Certainly mature – and maybe too much so. A wildness to the cherry fruit that juxtaposes a strong bitter element. Finishes fast – you and feel the wine but can not taste it. Don’t think this is a good bottle. Intergrated a bit after three hours...but only a bit. Still disappointing. (83) (1852 views)
 Tasted by Rangstrom on 7/18/2009 & rated 91 points: Uncorked, small pour and 4 hours of air before and through dinner. Cork in excellent shape;very little sediment. Color was a medium ruby red with some bricking; slightly cloudy. An expressive nose from the start featuring red fruits, vanilla and a hint of earthiness. The red fruits and the earthiness carried through on the palate. A graceful wine with warmth and some substance. Much livelier than the bottle sampled last year. Good for the vintage. (1989 views)
 Tasted by DesertDogESQ on 11/30/2008 & rated 93 points: I must have got a great bottle! Beautiful brick color, perfect for an old Burgundy! But still a nice uniform color from edge to edge. Fantastic nose, with rose petals, sour cherry, tobacco, sage, sun-dried tomato, pesto, oregano, and fleshy blood. Beautiful mouth feel, with wave after wave of spice, strawberry syrup, smoke, pepper, creme, cigar smoke, sour cherry, and ceder and orange zest on the finish. Only nit that I wish the finish were just a bit longer. But this a great bottle of wine, exactly what you would expect from a 11-year old Burgundy Grand Cru at its original price point. 92.5-93. (1987 views)
 Tasted by alvino on 11/8/2008 & rated 85 points: Drink up kiddies. This wine was vegital on the finish ala the '78 Bordeaux. The wine was ok but not great. I hope I don't own any. The nose was nice but through each stage of the wine in the mouth, it was less and less impressive. (2087 views)
 Tasted by Paul D on 11/2/2007: UK Wine Pages - 1997 Off-line (Colombier Restaurant - Chelsea): Pale/medium ruby. Closed at first but slowly opened to reveal ripe, pure dark cherry fruit. Not hugely complex but developing a little gaminees after an hour or two in glass, elegant and transparent with a hint of latent tannin, good acidity for the year. Very good indeed. (2695 views)
 Tasted by rob1869 on 11/2/2007 & rated 90 points: Wines of 1997 Offline (Le Colombier): Medium garnet; initial medicinal note, rotting leaves - someone suggested iron (spot on); oak pokes through a bit on this (treacle); long. (2636 views)
 Tasted by Jeff W on 6/21/2007: 10 Years On - wines of 1997: Muted nose. Surprisingly decadent fruit. Refinement without power. Soft and smooth, with a good, spicy finish. vg (2264 views)
 Tasted by Chevaliers on 6/21/2007 & rated 88 points: Test bottle for the summer Chablis dinner. Fully brick colored. Candied aroma, smooth, no tannins at all, medium bodied, candy-like sweetness fully balanced by acidity, a nice fully mature wine. Wine dried out after sitting for an hour. Drink this one up when served, it is a one-course wine. -JBL (2283 views)
 Tasted by psmith on 9/11/2005: Some salty strawberry notes on the nose. Pretty red fruits and well balanced with some sweetness. ***- (3100 views)
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By Allen Meadows
Burghound (2/24/2008)
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Vinous, March/April 2000, IWC Issue #89
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Vinous, March/April 1999, IWC Issue #83
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By Bill Nanson
Burgundy-Report (11/1/2007)
(Lambrays Clos des Lambrays) A forward nose, leafy, tobacco. The palate is subdued, relatively balanced but shows a nice little burst of interest in the mid-palate before fading. It’s quite nice, but not more.
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Domaine des Lambrays

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The Clos des Lambrays produced legendary wines in the 40’s. After its purchase in ’79 (elevation to Grand Cru status In 1981), the new owners, Saiers, did some replanting, but it was only about one-third of the vines, not the general replanting that some journalists have stated. Fully two-thirds on the vines are old, most in excess of 60 years. What did happen in the late ‘80’s is that Saiers apparently chose to allow yields to increase, but they suffered the consequences of that approach in quality and they were forced to sell the domaine. While it was for sale, the court turned over all phases of growing and winemaking to the regisseur, Thierry Brouin. Under his impeccable guidance the transformation in quality has been sensational. The new owners, Freund, have retained Thierry. The ’96 is deep, (yields of 28 hl/ha.) very (for want of a better word) masculine, wine. It is not easy now, but shows enormous potential, and the tannins are quite round and integrated. The 1997 is a marvel of seductive perfume and richness. In 1998 the Clos des Lambrays produced one of the great wines of the Cote D’Or, rated 91 to 94 points potential by Steven Tanzer in the International Wine Cellar. The 1999 looks to be every bit as promising with the delightful deep rich color and flavors that typify this vintage in the best domaines of Burgundy. In the words of Michel Bettane, the Clos des Lambrays is an extraordinary terroir, capable of giving wines that, in generosity of savour and length rival the greatest. It is, as Brouin pointed out to me, and shows on the palate, the most "Morey" of all the Grand Crus of that appellation—the terroir really comes through. In the vinification, too, Brouin captures this—a long fermentation, no de-stemming, and 50% new allier oak. The wines are unfined, only the last sixth of each barrel is then lightly filtered (the rest are unfiltered), and starting with ’94 our selection, completely unfined and unfiltered. In 1998, only about 65% of the production of the Clos des Lambrays went into the cuvee of Clos Grand Cru, the rest was sold as Morey Premier Cru—also a fantastic wine – evidencing the domaine’s commitment to utmost quality. “The domaine has just changed owners but Thierry Brouin, the energetic director of the property stays on. The Clos des Lambrays is one of the best exposed and most individualized terroir of the Cotes de Nuits, capable of making wines with the power of Chambertin but with even more mellowness. In the complex bouquet developed with age by the wine, one easily recognizes an astonishing smoky note... The next vintages should surpass even the excellent 1990 and 1995, indeed the selection process for the great wine will be even more severe. The domaine also produces a marvelous Puligny- Montrachet, Les Caillerets, in a style a little more oaked than that of Hubert de Montille.” - Le Classement, 1999 Revue du Vin de France

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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Les vins de Bourgogne (Bureau interprofessionnel des vins de Bourgogne) (and in English)
Burgundy - The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Cote d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Cote de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Cote de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Cote Chalonnaise and the Maconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Cote d'Or. Also included by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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