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2016 Clos des Lambrays

By Domaine des Lambrays

2016 Clos des Lambrays from Domaine des Lambrays, Grand Cru, Burgundy, France

In the hallowed realm of Burgundy reds, the 2016 Clos des Lambrays from Domaine des Lambrays occupies a berth of remarkable prestige. This particular year stands as a testament to the resilient elegance of the region's offerings amidst climatic adversity.

 

Climatic Challenge and Triumph

The growing season for the 2016 vintage in Burgundy was marked by severe frosts in the spring, followed by a summer that alternated between relief and concern. The eventual triumph arrived with an Indian summer that graciously laid the foundation for optimal ripening. The resulting harvest brought forth a libation that consolidates the mettle of the Domaine and the pliancy of Pinot Noir in one exquisite bottle.

 

The Distinctive Elixir of a Memorable Vintage

Imbibing the 2016 Clos des Lambrays reveals a palimpsest of flavours carefully enmeshed within each other. Sensual aromas of ripe cherry and blackberry confit rise elegantly, buoyed by an erudite underpinning of earthy truffle and potpourri. On the palate, one discovers a deft balance between structure and suppleness—a signature hallmark borne from adversity—which culminates in a silky tannic embrace. A symphony of freshness melded with maturity unfolds as this wine dances towards its transcendental finish.

For investors in vinous treasures, this wine firmly asserts its standing as an investable asset. Its tenacity in the face of that year's growing uncertainties imparts upon it a unique character sufficiently robust to intrigue collectors and enthusiasts alike.

 

A Symbiotic Symphony: Terroir meets History

Borne from the exceptional terroir that is Clos des Lambrays' historic walled vineyard, this vintage exemplifies how meticulous stewardship enables wine to transcend challenges posed by nature's fickleness.

Anchored in its solid reputation and augmented by the rarity conferred upon it by Mother Nature's whimsy, the 2016 Clos des Lambrays from Domaine des Lambrays is an articulate testimonial to Burgundian resilience whilst being ensconced within an envelope that is ripe for investment. In essence, this wine encapsulates a confluence of rarified virtues, set to enrich both palate and portfolio with grace.

Current market price

$3,200.00

12x75cl

Highest score

93

POP score

201.54

Scores and tasting notes

93

Still a little closed after its recent bottling, the 2016 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru exhibits aromas of cassis, raspberries, currant leaf and potpourri. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and layered, with fine-grained tannins, creditable concentration and juicy acids, concluding with a fragrant finish. This isn't as deep or multidimensional as the 2015 rendition, but it's an elegant middle-weight Clos des Lambrays that should drink well for 20 years or more. Morey-Saint-Denis was spared hail in this vintage, and 2016 thus delivered the largest yield recorded at the Clos since 1999. It was vinified with around 85% whole cluster, and the finished pH of 3.46 is only a touch lower than the 2015's pH of 3.48.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 28 December 2018

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