This famous 11 hectares domaine in Morey St Denis owns the largest single holding of any Grand Cru vineyard in Burgundy, 8.7ha of Clos des Lambrays. With a history stretching back to the mid-19th century, the domaine had been in the hands of the Freund family (originally from Koblenz, Germany) since 1996. In April 2014, it was purchased by LVMH, yet the winemaking responsibility and general management of the Domaine now lays with the very genial, hospitable Boris Champy, who officially took over from Thierry Brouin in April 2018. The quality of the wines shines brightly here. The Morey St Denis is a superb blend of fruit from various lieuxdits, namely La Riotte, Clos Solon, Les Larreys and La Bidaude (just above Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru itself).
Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru stands at 250-370 metres and has one “climat” that provides the foundation for three vineyard areas: Les Larrets, Les Bouchots & Le Meix-Rentier. On a steep slope with shallow topsoil, Les Larrets brings elegance and finesse to the Clos des Lambrays. Le Meix-Rentier is at the bottom of the hill, composed of a deeper bed of soil. It is the backbone of the wine. Les Bouchots is on the northernmost section of the vineyard, at the exit of the Morey Combe, and its fruit is usually picked at the end of harvest. All three components enrich the final wine with subtlety and several distinct facets. Whoever the winemaker, whatever the style of winemaking, the character of the wine is irreplaceable. The high percentage of rocky, red soil, rich in iron oxide, in the upper part of the vineyard, could explain the more elegant, cool blue fruit and mineral-driven expression. Early harvesting preferred in order to retain freshness. Usually 100% whole bunch. 16-18 months in 50% new oak.
Our Morey-Saint-Denis Village is mostly originated from the vines located just a few meters above the Clos des Lambrays. When you walk on the path that leads to the Clos, vines of the Village wine can be seen a little North. Of course this nuance of terroir has a big impact. Sometimes -like in 2016- frost damages the Village vines, not the Clos.