DOMAINE DES LAMBRAYS

DOMAINE DES LAMBRAYS

MOREY-SAINT-DENIS
Owner:
Ruth Freund
Manager:
Thierry Brouin
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The historic walled Clos des Lambrays is one of the five Grand Cru vineyards situated in the village of Morey-Saint-Denis, on Burgundy’s Côtes de Nuits. In the course of its existence it has been through ups and downs and a long period of abandon in the 20th century, but is now producing exemplary wine.
DOMAINE DES LAMBRAYS

During the Middle Ages the Abbey of Cîteaux became a huge landowner, as it was bequeathed plots of land up and down the Côte d’Or and elsewhere. The Cistercian monks were astute farmers and agronomists, and identified and exploited some of Burgundy’s finest vineyard land. After the Abbey was confiscated and dismantled at the time of the Revolution, the Clos des Lambrays was sold off and quickly became highly fragmented. However Louis Joly, a Nuits-Saint-Georges merchant, took it upon himself to buy back the 75 fragments of the vineyard from the 1830s onwards. Yet he sold up in 1855, and thereafter the estate went through several owners, and a 40-year period of abandon until its acquisition by the Saïer brothers in 1979. The brothers invested heavily, and hired in a young Dijon oenologist, Thierry Brouin, who is still making the Clos des Lambray today. Under his management the wine recovered a large degree of its potential grandeur. It was acquired by Günter and Ruth Freund, in 1996.
Günter and Ruth Freund, from Koblenz, are passionately in love with Burgundy. Günter had already been a member of Burgundy’s principal wine fraternity, the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, for 20 years at the moment of the acquisition in 1996. They have invested heavily in the estate, and are very much ‘hands on’ owners. Thierry Brouin knows the Clos intimately, and they have encouraged him to pursue his work. Günter passed away in 2010.

The commune of Morey Saint Denis counts 5 vineyards of Grands Crus: Clos Saint-Denis, Clos de la Roche, Clos de Tart, a little part of Bonnes Mares and Clos des Lambrays. The vineyards of Clos des Lambrays profit from an exceptional geographical and geological position. Situated at an ideal average altitude of 250 m the Clos des Lambrays vineyards have a surface area of 8,70 hectars entirely enclosed.
Clos des Lambrays is made with Burgundy’s great black variety Pinot Noir. The average age of the vines is an impressive 40 years, and the vines are planted at the optimum density of 10,000-12,000 plants per hectare.
After the whole harvest which was rigorous sorted by hand, mostly not destemmed, the traditional Burgundian vinification begins. A pneumatic press produces juices from high quality.The estate has 10 open stainless steel vats with regular "pumping over" and "treading grapes" (pigeage).