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1997 Clos des Lambrays

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1997 Clos des Lambrays from Domaine des Lambrays, Burgundy, France

The 1997 vintage in Burgundy is one to be approached with an understanding of the year's unique climatic narrative. Within this context, the 1997 Clos des Lambrays from Domaine des Lambrays emerged as a captivating exemplar of its terroir's resilience and finesse.


Enigmatic Vintage, Enduring Poise

The year was marked by early budburst leading to a precocious start. Summer saw bouts of warmth and rain in equal measure, creating a push-and-pull scenario that demanded the utmost vigilance and precision in the vineyard. These conditions culminated in an exceptionally early harvest, bringing challenges that the astute winemakers at Domaine des Lambrays managed with deft skill.

The wine itself has matured into a state where its early accessibility meets harmonious complexity. In the glass, the 1997 Clos des Lambrays presents a bouquet where cherries in kirsch flirt with earthy undertones and a suggestion of truffle—an aromatic dance that retains its vibrancy two decades onwards. On the palate, the purity of red fruits interlaces with a forest floor character and echoes of minerality from its esteemed Morey-Saint-Denis roots; these notes are all delivered with an ephemeral lightness that belies their depth.


A Sage Investment for Discerning Collectors

The balance that Domaine des Lambrays has achieved in this 1997 offering is noteworthy amidst the backdrop of such capricious weather. For investors, this particular vintage offers not just a wine of contemplative pleasure but also a reflective narrative of a year when nature's whims tested the mettle of Burgundy's vignerons.

The longevity displayed by the 1997 Clos des Lambrays signals a wine that gracefully defies the odds, making it an attractive proposition for those looking to diversify their portfolios with bottles boasting storied provenance and surprising endurance.

In summary, the 1997 Clos des Lambrays from Domaine des Lambrays represents a vintage where terroir expression and winemaking savoir-faire triumph over climatic challenges. It stands not only as a testament to its vintage but also as an invigorating study for those keen on investing in wines with history and heart.

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The 1997 Clos des Lambrays is a medium to dark ruby-colored wine with aromas reminiscent of blood oranges, cumin, spices, and black cherries. It offers an expansive, soft, easy-going, velvety-textured personality, with a massively spicy, tobacco, cedar, and blackberry-flavored core. This deep yet soft wine will require early drinking. Projected maturity: now-2005. Importer: Weygandt-Metzler, Peter Weygandt, Unionville, PA; tel (610) 486-0800.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 1999

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