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2009 Clos des Lambrays

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2009 Clos des Lambrays from Domaine des Lambrays, Burgundy, France

The 2009 Clos des Lambrays from Domaine des Lambrays seems to articulate the terroir of Burgundy with a poet's sensibility and a scholar's precision. The vintage was one where Mother Nature seemed generous but stern, imparting concentrated berries with an ample seasoning of sunshine, resulting in wines possessed of both gravitas and grace.


Invite Investment: A Vintage of Note

In the context of fine wine investment, vintages such as the 2009 act as dual beacons of quality and promise. The Clos des Lambrays vineyard has long been synonymous with producing wines that are both reflective of their storied origin and that stand as testament to the skill of the vignerons. The ’09 is no exception, commanding attention from collectors and investors alike.


Resplendent Ripeness, Restrained Finesse

The season predisposed the 2009 harvest to transcend typical expectations, infusing the grapes with an opulence of flavour. This vintage from Domaine des Lambrays strides confidently onto the palate with a tapestry woven from ripe cherries and summer earth, yet it never overwhelms, displaying a surprising lightness of touch that comes only from masterful winemaking.

In the bottle, this Clos des Lambrays delineates its qualities in clear, resonant tones: richness met by acidity in perfect equanimity, robustness matched by silk-clad tannins – a structure primed for enduring splendour. Over time, these bottles will unspool the intricate layers they currently hint at so enticingly.


Conclusion: Prudent Indulgence

For those poised to curate or expand their fine wine portfolios, the 2009 Clos des Lambrays offers an elegant proposition. It stands within the pantheon of noteworthy Burgundian expressions, distinguished by an illustrious vintage that enriches its storied lineage. As a wine critic, recognizing the fusion of immediate enjoyment and legacy investment potential within this bottle is paramount – not only will it delight today but it also foreshadows rewards that time shall kindly tender.

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The 2009 Clos des Lambrays continues to shine. The self-effacing Thierry Brouin has conjured an exquisite bouquet of wild strawberry, scorched earth, small red cherries and a touch of undergrowth. Brouin’s style is to keep everything contained, natural and unpretentious and so you get a comparatively conservative Clos des Lambrays that is underpinned by light, tensile tannins, with a veneer of red fruit, not great weight but rather weightlessness that is unusual for this vintage. It is in keeping with the domaine’s approach to Pinot Noir, one that I have learned to appreciate more and more with passing years. Tasted March 2013.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 27 June 2013

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