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2008 Clos des Lambrays

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2008 Clos des Lambrays from Domaine des Lambrays, Morey-Saint-Denis, Burgundy, France

The 2008 Clos des Lambrays from Domaine des Lambrays emerges as a testament to the resilience of fine winemaking in challenging climatic years. Brimming with the ethereal charm of Morey-Saint-Denis, this vintage flaunts the delicate interplay between finesse and structure that collectors and connoisseurs anticipate in the top crus of Burgundy.


Characteristics That Elevated the Vintage

The year 2008 was not without its climatic adversities; vineyards in Burgundy faced a growing season tested by weather whims. Yet, it is precisely such years that underscore the sagacity of skilled vignerons at Domaine des Lambrays. Laborious diligence and adept decision-making during harvest transmuted potential vicissitudes into a nectar rich with complexity.


Rigour in the Glass

It requires patience to unravel the full narrative encapsulated within each bottle of the 2008 Clos des Lambrays. The layering of tart red berries, black cherries, and earthy undertones conveys a snapshot of Morey-Saint-Denis' terroir, punctuated by an uplifting acidity and mellow tannins, which have softened gracefully over time. The mid-palate offers a discreet hint of spices that leads to a lingering finish—a finish that holds fast to the memory with its elegant sillage.

For the discerning investor, this particular offering from Domaine des Lambrays is imbued with the qualities one seeks for longevity: balance, elegance, and an evolving complexity that suggests an optimistic trajectory as it continues its arc in the cellar.


Ascent of Elegance: An Indelible Vintage Investment

The 2008 Clos des Lambrays serves as an exemplar of Burgundian resilience and grace. It stands as an intriguing proposition for fine wine investors looking for vintages that narrate the story of their year. As it emerges from its cocoon revealing increased subtlety and poise, those seeking to add depth and character to their portfolios would be wise to consider this testament from Domaine des Lambrays—one where every sip is a waltz through architectural precision and unfurling finesse on the palate.

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The 2008 Clos des Lambrays smells of resin, incense, sassafras, and myriad fresh red berries; comes to the palate with terrific brightness, lift, pungency, and verve; and finishes with vibrant spiciness, exuberant sheer juiciness, and admirable clarity. With abundant but fine tannins, I suspect it will justify at least a decade’s attention, during which perhaps mineral and carnal complexities will emerge that are for now at most merely hinted-at. Thierry Brouin claims that “extreme selectivity and 4,700 bottles of Bourgogne rose” (of which, however, he didn’t open one for me) was his “formula” for 2008 excellence. I last tasted the wines – some lots of which didn’t finish malo until December – assembled from tank just prior to their March bottling. The 2007s were bottled in that month as well, “proper” wines – notes Brouin – “rendered from fruit that didn’t look very good.” Importer: Weygandt-Metzler, Unionville, PA; tel. (610) 486-0800

David Schildknecht - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2010

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