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2018 Clos des Lambrays

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2018 Clos des Lambrays from Domaine des Lambrays, Morey-Saint-Denis, Burgundy, France

The venerable 2018 Clos des Lambrays from Domaine des Lambrays encapsulates the exquisite dichotomy found within this year's Burgundian yield. My romantic liaison with these fine vintages spans decades; I have watched young bottles mature into complex, storied wines much like a guardian observing their ward's ascent to greatness.


Vintage Virtues: A Resplendent Ruby in the Cellar

The vintage of 2018 in Burgundy stands as a monument to the resilience and versatility of Pinot Noir within this appellation’s microclimates. Sculpted by a growing season marked by warm summer days and refreshing nights, the Clos des Lambrays seems to have imbibed the very essence of Morey-Saint-Denis terroir, translating it into an intricate tapestry of flavours and texture.


Investment Worthy Elegance: An Oenophile's Delight

As an investment piece, the 2018 vintage possesses all the necessary attributes for those with a keen eye toward long-term value. This offering from Domaine des Lambrays has the structure to evolve, rewarding patience with additional complexity and depth through time in bottle. A thoughtful integration of fruit and earth, married with judicious oak, results in a wine that resonates with connoisseurs and investors alike.

This vintage opens with alluring aromas that whisper of ripe cherries and violets, before revealing layered undertones of spiced woodland accents. One might liken the initial palate impression to that first breath taken in a forest after rain; pure, exhilarating, tinged with petrichor. With each sip, taut tannins and a live-wire acidity promise longevity while savoury nuances tease the senses.

In summary, as one delves into the heart of this exceptional 2018 Clos des Lambrays offering from Domaine des Lambrays, one finds a balance seldom achieved—a Burgundy vibrant with its youthful poise yet brimming with an ageing potential that might cement its place as one of the standout investments of the region for years to come.

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After its fine showing from barrel, the 2018 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru hasn't quite realized all its promise. Offering up aromas of ripe cherries, berries, spices and orange rind, it's more obviously marked by cedary new oak than I perceived a year ago, and rustic aromas of smoked meats and fresh leather now mingle with its inviting fruit tones. Full-bodied, rich and layered, it concludes with a youthfully chewy, oak lactone-inflected finish.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 14 January 2021

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