Distance Runner: 2002 Lambrays Clos des Lambrays

Posted by Ian McFadden

Distance Runner
2002 Lambrays Clos des Lambrays

When Clos des Lambrays nails a vintage, crazy good things happen.

The single owner Grand Cru has produced some absolute legends. The 1949 is the most obvious example, but there's a wealth of others as well. This is especially the case in recent years when the domaine has been firing on all eight cylinders.

When the dust settles the 2002 seems destined to join the ranks of historical vintages of Lambrays.

The 2002 vintage in Burgundy hardly needs an introduction. With '99, '05 and '10, it's one of the greats of the past 20 years.

The fact that Lambrays is absolutely monumental in this vintage is no surprise. Nor is it shocking that finding the '02 in any quantity is extremely difficult.

Burgundy fans know that in vintages like '02 Lambrays just kills it. And while quality has soared in the past decade or so, the pricing has lagged behind other Grand Crus of this quality. It's a pretty irresistible combination.

In vintages like 2002, Lambrays packs an intense, muscular punch while retaining a walk on tip-toe finesse and seductively suave texture. In this vintage, you catch Lambrays in all its glory - there's a beautifully harmonious weave of game, earth, spice and richly layered red fruits.

The ‘02 Clos des Lambrays is a distance runner with enviable power and ageworthiness. As Burghound notes, "This is a vintage of Clos des Lambrays that should age gracefully for two decades, perhaps longer." With all that said, today is a really good time to catch the wine. It's just entering its mature phase.

For years, we’ve been excited to offer Clos de Lambrays because they’ve long represented a great price-to-quality ratio. But as the domaine continues to gain well-earned momentum, prices are beginning to catch up. The recent purchase of the estate by LVMH has only fueled rumors that deals like this one will soon be a thing of the past. The 2002 is something that you shouldn't miss.

To order, reply to offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

Burghound: "The nose is still quite fresh and while no longer primary there is very little secondary character to the aromas of wild berries, game and a subtle note of smoke. There is fine intensity and richness to the moderately intense middle weight flavors that have become much more restrained, even reserved relative to my just-bottled review of 2005. There is good acidity to the well-detailed and lingering finish and overall, this is very much still on the way up though it could be approached now if desired. This is a vintage of Clos des Lambrays that should age gracefully for two decades, perhaps longer. Consistent notes save for one bottle that displayed an annoying level of reduction."