Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 2011, Domaine des Lambrays
The last time I visited this domaine in Morey must have been in 2004 or 2005 since I still have some of their 2002s. We were hosted at the domaine by the long-time régisseur Thierry Brouin who kindly let us view the domaine's beautiful garden which is quite an indulgence because if it were planted with vines it would produce 3,000 bottles of Morey premier cru. Bottled in March 2013, this Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 2011 had a raspberry nose with earthy notes as well as a good dose of boisé from the 50% new oak barrels. The domaine practices vendanges entières (whole bunch fermentation) followed by 15-17 months of barrel ageing. They also tend to pick earlier than most other growers, resulting in this lively, mineral style of wine on the 2011 often with a light ruby red colour. An enjoyable wine, we didn't find a wow factor in it at this stage of development and there is not the fruit concentration to suggest it will gain weight in 5 years time. Scores 21-25/30 for a Morey Grand Cru. Tasting notes for the 2000, 2001 and 2004.