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2006 Clos des Lambrays

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2006 Clos des Lambrays from Domaine des Lambrays, Burgundy, France

The venerable 2006 Clos des Lambrays from Domaine des Lambrays is an emblem of finesse wrapped neatly in the embrace of Morey-St-Denis's limestone-rich soils. Tailored superbly to the Burgundian climatic idiosyncrasies of that year, this vintage tells a tale of fortitude in the face of April's frost and summer's scorch, culminating in an autumnal respite which gifted vignerons with a harvest window of sanguine expectation.


Balancing on the Razor's Edge

The 2006 vintage cuts a figure much like a tightrope walker, poised elegantly above a chasm of less favourable years. It offers an intriguing snapshot of Burgundy's capricious weather patterns, embodying the resilience required to forge excellence from adversity. Amidst the challenging conditions, Domaine des Lambrays demonstrated unparalleled expertise to extract the quintessence of terroir-driven complexity.


A Confluence of Nuance and Longevity

Uncorking the 2006 Clos des Lambrays reveals an olfactory tapestry spun with threads of dark cherry and earth. There is a spirited tussle between fruit and forest floor on the palate, both underpinned by a vibrant acidity that promises measured evolution through the years. This laudable vintage possesses not only an immediate appeal but an aptitude for stately ageing. Investors take heed: this offering from Domaine des Lambrays stands as one of judicious choice in terms of both enjoyment and cellaring potential.

The lingering close, seasoned with whispers of spice and mineral verve, accentuates this wine's lapidary precision in capturing the tone and tenure of its birth year. A libation that is not simply tasted but one that is experienced, slowly unfurling its layers to a discerning audience over time.

In summation, the 2006 Clos des Lambrays is not only a noteworthy chapter in the annals from Domaine des Lambrays but a connoisseur's touchstone for 2006 Burgundy. It marries climatic resilience with crafted expertise, suggesting both an irresistible current allure and a robust longevity that resonates deeply with fine wine investment sensibilities.

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It has been two or three years since I last tasted the Clos des Lambrays 2006 from Domaine des Lambrays. It continues to exhibit a refined bouquet of light red cherries and strawberry, hints of undergrowth and dried autumn leaves. The palate is not as complex as either the 2009 or 2010 tasted alongside, but there is plenty of natural red, leafy fruit and a light, approachable finish that just glides across the mouth with little interest in leaving a long lasting impression. Perhaps a more ephemeral Clos des Lambrays, I would nonetheless take pleasure in opening bottles over the next ten years. Tasted March 2013.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 27 June 2013

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