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1996 Clos des Lambrays

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1996 Clos des Lambrays from Domaine des Lambrays, Grand Cru, Morey-Saint-Denis, Burgundy, France

The 1996 vintage in Burgundy stands as a testament to the region's ability to produce wines that resonate with connoisseurs and investors alike. The vines which cradled this year's yield endured an exacting blend of climatic challenges, offering a truly distinctive expression of terroir. Amongst these, the 1996 Clos des Lambrays from Domaine des Lambrays excels as an exceptional narrative of resilience.


Distinguished Vibrancy: The 1996 Curation

Cooler weather patterns during the earlier stages of the growth cycle in '96 slowed vegetative development, bestowing the resultant berries with high levels of acidity and firm tannins. These idiosyncrasies distilled into a vintage which has defied expectations and flourished with age. The meticulous stewardship at Domaine des Lambrays coaxed profound complexity which now merits accolades.


An Emblem of Investment Wine Potential

Sampled for its investment potential, the 1996 Clos des Lambrays is highly sought after. Its restrained fruit profile has matured into an enigmatic blend of earthiness underscored by subtle hints of dark cherry and spice. The tannins have rounded commendably, interlacing seamlessly with a still-lively acidity that quietens into a lingering finish. This wine from Domaine des Lambrays boasts an extraordinary balance that few vintages achieve.

Investors will find in the 1996 Clos des Lambrays compelling longevity, paralleled by a rarity that enhances its stake in any well-curated portfolio. Indeed, one might consider it as a cornerstone piece—an emblem boasting both pedigree and profound performance with every passing year.

In summary, the 1996 Clos des Lambrays articulates the vintage’s adversity-delivered strength and complexity. Its evolving palimpsest of flavours assures that every examination reveals another subtle nuance—a continued discourse between wine and time, underscored by an unwavering investment value.

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The spice- and black, stony, fruit-scented 1996 Clos des Lambrays possesses lovely freshness to its otherwise rich and flavorful character. It saturates the palate with roasted blackberry flavors, cumin, juniper berries, and cigar box-like flavors. This medium to full-bodied, structured, and complex wine also offers an admirably long and well-focused finish. Projected maturity: 2004-2012+. Importer: Weygandt-Metzler, Peter Weygandt, Unionville, PA; tel (610) 486-0800.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 1999

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