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Domaine Taupenot-Merme Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru
- Burgundy, France
Another richly satisfying range of wines from Romain, who continues to craft wines of structure, clear vineyard expression and complexity from an exciting array of vineyards. The wines are high class examples of their appellations but still offer good value. Romain told us that despite the stress on the vines due to nearly four weeks of temperatures above 35 degrees, there were (just) sufficient bursts of rain to ensure balanced ripening. This led to a good number of small, healthy, concentrated berries, with harvest beginning on 4th September and concluding ten days later. This early picking has ensured wines with plenty of flesh but also freshness, as the decrease in acidity from the must to finished wine was limited, so they are balanced with pH at 3.5 – 3.65, and alcohols at 13.2-13.8. Romain describes the vintage as “gourmandise”, but not as much as 2015, as has more freshness. The wines are juicy and fruitful with sophisticated structure and good ageing potential. New oak is at 40% maximum for grand crus, 25-30% for premier crus, and 20% for village wines.
Plump crimson purple, peaches on the nose, and some new wood. Medium-bodied, lacks core density through the middle, some useful acidity behind, and medium plus length. Slight heat behind. 89-92/100, Jasper Morris MW
The 2018 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru is an elusive cuvée; around 220 bottles (meaning just over half a barrel) were produced this year. The bouquet is ripe and quite generous, offering pure scents of maraschino cherries, wild strawberry and veins of blueberry. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannins, good depth and grip and a touch of brown spices toward the finish, which delivers good length. Very fine – and good luck finding a bottle. 91-93/100, Neal Martin, Vinous
Currently one of the most coveted slivers of a Grand Cru (without it the Domaine du Clos des Lambrays doesn't have a monopoly), this produced just 200 bottles in 2018. Small is beautiful, however, as this is a refined, concentrated, new oak-aged Pinot Noir that demonstrates effortless balance and transparency with raspberry and wild strawberry flavours and enticing palate length. 96/100 Tim Atkin MW
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