Wow...wow...wow (ok with that out of the way) Sweet herbs and flowers on the nose, just smelling this wine is a treat. Laser pure structure, so good. Tart alpine strawberries and cherries. Lovely texture and long finish.
HDH Burgundy Auction (Chicago, IL): Bottle 3476. Intense, pronounced aromatics on the nose, with red flowers, cranberries, So damn pretty, just as I remembered. This has held together much better than I would have expected. The palate has the same floral tart fruit flavours. Fantastic stuff -- my archetypical Burgundy.
Started off a little lean and light. Very soft and pretty - rose petals and cherries. Over time it became more and more beguiling and ended up being one of my favorite wines of the night. Everything I love about burgundy - a wine this whispers instead of shouts.
Ce vin représente pour moi l’exemple parfait d’un grand vin dans un millésime difficile : de la gourmandise à souhait, un bouquet au charme indéniable, un équilibre impeccable, une abondance de fruits rouges, une grande buvabilité et suavité, sans jamais négliger une concentration digne de son rang. Un plaisir immédiat. Absolument délicieux. 93
I thought this to be pretty lean and austere. Red fruit, sinewy, acid, mineral, stemmy, earth, some pine needle. Some CdL essence, but certainly not showing too well. Put on some weight with air. Hold and hope.
From magnum. Complex nose, stemmy, red berries, earthy, elegant and fine. On the palate not overly complex, but well structured, slightly mineral, delicate, good length. Needs a couple of more years. 91-92+
Fairly deep colour for a burgundy: medium red with a touch of brown. Attractive, fresh, lively, raspberry and cherry fruit, quite vigorous but starting to show signs of maturity. A touch lean perhaps, but may develop further over the next few years. Very good for the vintage.
Strawberries... Tart strawberries. Brick red. Nose that was initially earthy and savoury, but then came the strawberries and then orange peel. Light/medium body, with a nice crisp acidity. Elegant. I liked it.
On touche une fois de plus à la grandeur avec un nez des plus expressif et sensuel sur les fruits frais, les épices exotiques et la pivoine !!! La texture en bouche est des plus soyeuse et présente une intensité et une complexité inouï qui nous expose à plusieurs couches de saveurs qui se superpose et ajoute sans cesse à notre bonheur de boire ce superbe vin. L'équilibre est parfait malgré la jeunesse criante de celui-ci et je crois qu'il nous offrira quelques choses de magique lorsqu'il atteindre sa pleine maturité. Noté 95
Bright ruby red. Intense note with red fruit and earth notes. Cranberry, red currant, kirsch. Slight oak. Palate is medium to full bodied with good mid palate and in line with nose. Tannins are well integrated and smooth, though still present. Significant fruit. Not super long and not overly complex, but very delicious. Ready to drink now, but will keep for a while. 3=very good
Ruby colour. Very floral on the nose with some raspberry notes as well. Extremely feminine and lithe, with beautiful minerality. Perhaps a bit weak on the attack, but this explodes into strong floral and raspberry notes on the midpalate. Soft tannins. I compared this to Keira Knightley; my dining companions thought it was more Natalie Portman.
Decanted one hour before drinking, was much better post 2-3 hours. Less full that other vintages, but developed into a very complex and subtle ambrosia. Bramble and berries. Likely to be a bit better in a few years, but very drinkable now if decanted significantly ahead of time.
Torii Mor Tasting (Vinoteca, Smithfield, London): Blind. Similar mid ruby. Bright. Far more forthcoming on the nose, quite strawberry and sweet red fruited. Good lift, albeit with a slightly confected edge. Quite positive and surprisingly elegant on the attack and through the mid-palate. A bit sweeter and a bit fuller but still in the light, elegant mould. Too easy. The charm of the red fruit is upfront and it finishes quite short and seemingly a title superficial. ***
Treat from wife for Valentine's Day dinner. Incredible! Exotic perfumed nose of fresh red cherries, tulips, oak, minerals, damp rocks. Very well integrated on the palate. Very accessible on palate for young Lambrays but I suppose this is true for almost all 2007s.
Eeessh - probably the biggest gap between expectation and reality for a wine I've had in years. Very tarte, simple and straightforward. Flickers of terroir and balance but the overriding memory is of a fairly common-or-garden Burgundy, the memory of the resplendent 1990 Clos des Lambrays I had last year whistling off into the distance faster than you could say "I can't believe I paid £125 for this". Lets just hope 15 years in the cellar works some magic.
Still clearly in its youth with some serious oak whiffs on the nose. 2007's aromatics are exploding right now, will be interesting to see how they progress over the years. While this wine is pretty tremendous, I kept asking myself if this is Grand Cru why isn't Clos St. Jacques!
Tasted at Weygandt. The nose of this wine was fantastic and ready to go with strong red raspberries, a little floral actions, really nice forest loam which is what I always look for in my pinots. The palate was really tight and didn't show as well with red cherry, a little earth, and lots of minerals. We thought this might need 5 more years to show its stuff and I might have to get a few more bottles for then. 92-93
New Year's Eve 2011 (Washington, DC): I last tasted this wine in April of 2010, and I like it even better now. It had been opened for several hours, which probably helped it. The color is a beautiful cranberry-auburn. The aromas on this wine are just jawdropping. The nose showes gorgeous soft cherries, rose petals, loam and some toast. The palate has silky tannins and some hedonistic cherry fruit, but it's balanced by lovely acid. What a delicious wine with a long life ahead of it. This was the wine of the night for several people.
Some red flowery perfume and cherries on the nose, subtle and not fully expressive. Showing some light fresh red fruitiness, a little thin on the palate. Drinking well but reckon it should be drank sooner than later.
Much too young to drink but didn't show the green that another recent bottle shown. Some smokiness and herbs on the nose. Medium-bodied with pretty red fruit notes. A bit disjointed at the moment but should turn out fine.
A very compelling bottle of wine. The nose was shutdown for the first hour and then showed just a hint of perfume. Nothing close to the explosive aromatics of the 2008. On the palate, this is a gorgeous wine with layers and upon layers of flavor. Nicely concentrated. Spices and cinnamon combine with a pure core of red fruit. Another excellent Lambrays.
Soft red color & relatively clear. Bright cherry / cranberry / stone on nose (pop & pour) on nose & palate - not a lot of secondary characteristcs yet on this one. Full bodied but soft attack, fuller mid-palate & long finish. Stem tannins are noticeable on this wine. Fruit was bright and very good balance. Preferred the '05 cdlambray to this but it was quite nice. 91-92 range.
Light cherry colour. Very sweet pungent nose, with spices on top of the red fruit. Sweet attack, and deep mature fruit. Medium to full body. Medium finish. Very typical for 2007, with its easy approach and drinkability. Hard to believe that it will ever close down. Better than expected for this producer, which I remember as an underachiever. Good price quality ratio, although I suspect it would be beaten in a blind tasting with other Grand Cru's.
Light red color. Exotic, spicy nose, with herbs, flowers, and sappy black cherry. This wine saw 100% whole cluster, but you would never know it except for a very light herbal note on the nose. Slightly smokey edget o the palate, with sappy texture and pure, delightful black cherry. Amazingly smooth, with a strikingly feminine mouth feel to go with a more masculine bouquet. Plenty of earth and hints of spice. Long finish. A-/A
Mistral French Bistro Dinner with Allen Meadows (Vancouver, BC): Right off the bat your senses are blasted with pronounced aromas of stalks and stems with cool red fruits underlying. After a few minutes notes of celery and cinnamon start to come through on this extremely vegetal nose. This profile is carried through on the palate but to a much lesser extent. Doesn’t have the concentration of the Clos de Tart but shares its elegance. Powdery and mouth drying tannins. Needs time. Very good. 89+
Domaine des Lambrays Tasting (Washington, D.C.): this was very accessible for a young grand cru. the nose is really exotic. lots of sweet berry fruit, almost like fruit compote with some forest and bark kind of aromas. the fruit is so dense and pure. it's like an explosion of sweet cherries, red rasberries and it has solid tannic structure. very full and powerful. i imagine this would become a bit more elegant with time but it was a joy to drink now.
Classy juice. Transluscent ruby color. Nose of tart cranberry with some spice giving it depth. The palate is medium bodied and shows crushed red fruits. Silky texture and great finesse. Strong acidity and quite lean. No complexity at this point but pure delicious. Huge, huge step up from the MSD and the Loups, which came off as somewhat dilute.
Trip to Burgundy; 6/7/2009-6/10/2009 (The Cote d'Or): Paled in comparison to the other vintages. Still a good wine, but not quite up to Grand Cru standard. Nose was closed, rather tight, with herbs, wood spice and little toasty hints along with a whiff of tobacco. Some complexity there, but all pretty buried. Lots of finesse on the palate, lovely balance too, but like the nose, pretty tightly wound. There was some amount of power in the dark fruits and nice minerally notes, but I thought this was rather curtailed by the 2007 leanness that was apparent on the mid-palate. Longish finish was very nice, with a touch of herbs and nice dark fruit. Should get better with some time.
What a consistent wine this is. Year in and year out it never fails to please, although one could also argue that as a Grand Cru it also never particularly excels either. Medium colour and weight. Very elegant with its classic sweet fruit core running throughout. Very good indeed. Estimated maturity: 2017+