A recent tasting, held by The Birley Wine Club at London’s glamorous private members club Annabel’s, offered a rare opportunity to taste mature vintages from famed Burgundy estate Domaine des Lambrays.
The tasting was introduced by Gearoid Devaney MS, DWWA judge and director of Burgundy specialist Flint Wines which recently became the exclusive importer of the domaine’s wines into the UK.
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The history of Clos de Lambrays
Clos des Lambrays is a grand cru vineyard which dates back to at least 1363. It is now the largest solely-owned grand cru within the Côte d’Ôr, currently under the care of Domaine des Lambrays.
The vineyard was broken up after the French Revolution into 74 different parcels. It was slowly rebuilt by a succession of various negociants and families in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The process was far from straightforward. Under-investment resulted in a lack of replanting and declining yields.
Domaine des Lambrays’ recent recovery dates back to its purchase in 1979 by a consortium headed up by the Saier brothers from Alsace. The team was then bolstered with the appointment of winemaker Thierry Brouin.