To my palate the wines at Clos des Lambrays have been improving consistently from vintage to vintage since at least 1993, but from the 1999 vintage onwards the quality took a most significant step upwards. The 2001 is a stellar vintage for this wine, and it must offer one of the finest values to be found in the Côte de Nuits for a grand cru. The bouquet is deep and stunning, as it offers up a superb, black fruity mélange of black cherries, dark plums, woodsmoke, incipient notes of game, a great complex base of soil, a bit of espresso and just a touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is medium-full, deep and intensely flavored, with a rock solid core of fruit, beautifully integrated tannins and acids, and a perfectly balanced, focused and very classy long finish. The 2001 is a superb Clos des Lambrays in the making. (Drink between 2011-2040)
A mature yet attractively fresh nose offers up floral, earthy and spicy red berry fruit aromas that are showing traces of secondary development and are trimmed in just enough wood to notice. There is a really lovely mouth feel to the beautifully well-detailed middle weight flavors that display a subtle mineral streak before culminating in a complex, balanced and lingering finish where a touch of the wood influence resurfaces. There isn't much unresolved tannin remaining and for my taste this has arrived on the front edge of its peak drinkability though it should remain here for at least another decade. 2001 is an elegant vintage for this wine and I very much like it.
Medium red. Very sexy, mature, slightly unrefined aromas of raspberry, strawberry, mocha, brown spices, earth and leather. Sweet strawberry and spice flavors are nicely framed by firm-edged but harmonious acidity. Not hugely fat or expansive but solidly built and energetic--and showing well now. Ultimately rather suave wine, finishing with substantial dusty tannins that should hold the wine for at least another decade. Classic Burgundy. Winemaker Thierry Brouin, who started at Domaine des Lambrays in 1980, described 2001 as 'a normal vintage, an easy vintage without any special problems.' (ST)
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