2019 Burgundy

The Lambrays parcel is the other side of the high (northern) wall of the Clos des Caillerets - Jean-Michel calls this the Clos d'Albert - it's not really within JM's Clos, but Lambrays anyway use the 'Clos' on the label despite having just this one (admittedly large) wall. Compare that to Pousse d'Or - who do their own vineyard work but essentially bought the southern half of of the Clos - all on your left-hand side as you look up the hill through the 'gates' of Clos - they only have walls at the top and bottom of the clos - and they don't use the word Clos on their label. For anyone who doesn't know, the rule of thumb is that if you have 3 walls, you have a Clos.

If anyone's interested, I recently updated my Puligny profile, and you can find all this info and other words I find interesting, including about Vins de France produced within the grand crus etcetera... ;-)
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Just had a chat with a producer referring to the 2020 vintage and it appears that 2020 may be even better than 2019.
Both of course were said to be excellent... but I was told the ferocious tannins of the 2019s which mean they will need long ageing have been replaced by a fabulous onctuosity in 2020 which means these wines will age beautifully but will also reward drinking early. Firther claim was they have wonderful fruit, perfume and concentration. Unfortunately, it is also a small volume vintage except for young vines (which lead to lesser wines).

Given the number of experts on this forum, I would welcome comments on the different aspects of this input as I have not tasted any 2019 nor 2020.
That seems to be a puzzling description. My personal experience of the 2019s was not at all of "ferocious" tannins. Indeed, they appear to me to be rather silken wines, particularly in comparison to the 2018s which are certainly firmer and will require more time. I've not tasted any 2020 reds yet so cant comment, but the whites appear to be very good, from an admittedly small sample.
A similar story in Champagne, because of C19 I have not tasted any vin clair from 2019 or 2020 so I am reliant on the opinions of the growers / marques. Many are warming to 2020, which have improved post first fermentation, and many now rate 2020 above 2019 (and then rate 2019 above 2018). It is a stunning trilogy.
Reading a recent issue of Bourgogne aujourd'hui n 155, I get 2 informations which may explain Clos des Lambrays pricing policy in 2019 and is probably durable:
- They are building a new cellar which, together with the existing XIX century one will allow them to store 2 full production vintages (400 futs) and also to have new wine making facilities. A very important investment.
- Yields for Pinot Noir in 2020 have been rather low 28-30 Hl/Ha on average (and 40 Hl/Ha for Chardonnay)
So, clearly, we will have an upgrade of the wine making facilities probably operational for the 2021 vintage.
I have not seen anything yet about replacing the planting of poor quality clones referred to above by William but this should follow suite in order to get back to old vintages summits.
I am probably too old to consider tasting the results of these upgrades but, obviously, they are intent on improving the quality
Thanks for this info Antoine, I struggle with price rises based on what the wine will be once all the investments have made their impact, I can’t imagine the new owners have any cash flow issues, so price hikes due to investing in a new cellar, which I am sure is significant, is just repositioning as the wine has yet to benefit from the investment. Its all a bit academic for me as I stopped buying a few years back but I will be curious to taste the new wines in future to see the difference, should I get the chance