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Pinot Noir is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult varietal to cultivate and vinify. The grape's tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to several viticultural hazards, and the thin-skins and low levels of phenolic compounds result in mostly lightly colored, medium-bodied, low-tannin wines. The tremendously broad range of bouquets, flavors, textures and impressions that Pinot noir can produce lends to its overall popularity but also to its misunderstanding. In the broadest terms, the wine tends to display aromas reminiscent of black and/or red cherry, raspberry and to a lesser extent currant and many other fine small red and black berry fruits. Traditional Pinot Noir is famous for its savory fleshiness and 'farmyard' aromas, but changing fashions, modern winemaking techniques, and new easier-to-grow clones have favored a lighter, more fruit-prominent, cleaner style.

Like many other red varietals, the character of the wine depends heavily on where the grapes are grown and how they are vinified, and these distinctions are largely reflected in a New World/Old World dichotomy. The Burgundy region in France, Pinot Noir's place of origin, is renowned for producing the most complex, ageworthy, and esoteric versions. These can range from dark, brooding, densely tannic wines to light, ethereally elegant wines of intensely perfumed character. Fruit profiles often differ as well, but the common denominator in all Burgundy Pinot Noir is the essence of the place in which it grows, coined as the term terroir. The finest examples, after years of proper aging, display haunting aromas and flavors that defy description using refrences of common reference points. The grape has also found highly unique expression in the vineyards of Germany, where it's known as Spätburgund. From the steep slopes of the Ahr Valley to the rolling, pastorl hills of the Pfalz, the country is producing wines with notably vibrant fruit and deep savory character, but also a rugged edge in which the stamp of terroir is also evident.

New World styles of Pinot Noir also vary in their specifics, but in general they are built on a bright, expressive fruit profile. California has several regions that excel with the varietal, most famously the Sonoma Coast AVA and its sub-AVA Russian River Valley. The wines typically display exuberant red cherry and strawberry notes along with the occasional savory spice elements. While these are cool climates by New World standards, Pinot Noir still achieves more consistent ripeness and more viscosity and body as a result. The AVAs of Santa Barbara County also produce outstanding versions with more concentrated savory profile, while Mendocino County's wines tend toward the dark-fruited, earthy profile. Oregon's Willamette Valley is perhaps the most old school of the New WOrld profiles, where fruit is less pronounced and an herbacious forest floor component imparts a touch of terroir on the wines. Perhaps the most exciting New World Pinot Noir wines are now coming from New Zealand, where the Central Otago and Martinborough regions are producing wines of dark fruit character with essentially cool-climate structure and texture, an intriguing, if non-traditional, combination.

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93-96 points Fine Wine Review: The Clos des Lambrays is spicy in both nose and mouth. The wine is medium-weight with finesse to go with fruit that is primarily red currant, although there is some dark fruit here, too. The wine has calmness and salinity and excellent length. There’s some oak still… ...
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Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 2017  (#335668)

Pinot Noir from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

93-96 points Fine Wine Review: The Clos des Lambrays is spicy in both nose and mouth. The wine is medium-weight with finesse to go with fruit that is primarily red currant, although there is some dark fruit here, too. The wine has calmness and…

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FWR 93-96
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93-96 points Fine Wine Review: The Clos des Lambrays is spicy in both nose and mouth. The wine is medium-weight with finesse to go with fruit that is primarily red currant, although there is some dark fruit here, too. The wine has calmness and salinity and excellent length. There’s some oak still… ...
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Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 2017  (#335294)

Pinot Noir from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

93-96 points Fine Wine Review: The Clos des Lambrays is spicy in both nose and mouth. The wine is medium-weight with finesse to go with fruit that is primarily red currant, although there is some dark fruit here, too. The wine has calmness and…

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 12+ available
FWR 93-96
JG 95
DE 95
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96+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2015 Clos des Lambrays includes ninety-five percent whole clusters this year and is a stunning wine in the making. The bouquet is deep, pure and very expressive out of the blocks, soaring from the glass in a blaze of black plums, sweet cassis,… ...
JG 96
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Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 2015  (#332608)

Pinot Noir from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

96+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2015 Clos des Lambrays includes ninety-five percent whole clusters this year and is a stunning wine in the making. The bouquet is deep, pure and very expressive out of the blocks, soaring from the…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 4 available
JG 96
WS 96
TA 95
96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The grand cru here was raised in fifty percent new oak this year and is one of the stars of the 2016 vintage. The stunning bouquet delivers a complex combination of red and black cherries, black plums, pigeon, dark soil tones, raw cocoa, woodsmoke and a… ...
JG 96
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Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 2016  (#333547)

Pinot Noir from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The grand cru here was raised in fifty percent new oak this year and is one of the stars of the 2016 vintage. The stunning bouquet delivers a complex combination of red and black cherries, black plums,…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 5 available
JG 96
WS 96
DE 94
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97 points Tim Atkin, MW: It’s always interesting to compare this tiny production of Clos des Lambrays (all 180 litres of it) with what’s produced in the rest of the Grand Cru. Super fine and ethereal, this is sappy and refreshing with no whole bunches and layers of sweet summer berry fruit.… ...
TA 97
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Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 2014  (#326710)

Pinot Noir from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

97 points Tim Atkin, MW: It’s always interesting to compare this tiny production of Clos des Lambrays (all 180 litres of it) with what’s produced in the rest of the Grand Cru. Super fine and ethereal, this is sappy and refreshing with no whole…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 8 available
TA 97
WE 96
JG 95
96-99 points Fine Wine Review: This is undoubtedly the greatest young Corton I’ve tasted from Faiveley, and probably from anyone. The nose is intense with spicy dark fruits. The mouth is pure, precise, dense, and long with amazing energy and elegance, power, and length. Perhaps I just caught this… ...
FWR 96-99
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Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley 2015  (#332491)

Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

96-99 points Fine Wine Review: This is undoubtedly the greatest young Corton I’ve tasted from Faiveley, and probably from anyone. The nose is intense with spicy dark fruits. The mouth is pure, precise, dense, and long with amazing energy and elegance…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
FWR 96-99
AM 96
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89-92 points Jasper Morris, MW: Dense dark red, with a fine sense of concentration. The middle fills out beautifully, this was green-thinned and has the extra note of concentrated deep red fruit, and a tannin or two in support – but the fruit wins. Still needs a little more time in barrel. (Nov 2018… ...
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Leroux/Benjamin Volnay 1er cru Les Mitans 2017  (#335280)

Pinot Noir from Pommard, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

89-92 points Jasper Morris, MW: Dense dark red, with a fine sense of concentration. The middle fills out beautifully, this was green-thinned and has the extra note of concentrated deep red fruit, and a tannin or two in support – but the fruit wins.…

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