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Lamblin et Fils – 2013

DSC05930Tasted in Maligny with Clement Lamblin, 13th January 2015.

Lamblin & Fils
Rue Marguerite de Bourgogne
89800 Maligny
Tel: +33 3 86 98 22 00
www.lamblin.com

Clement noted about 20% lower harvest volume, bringing about 40 hl/ha, principally due to the poor flowering.

The wines…

These wines are always good value when I find them. They usually show a rounder, richer personality than many other producers – yet – I find the Lamblin ‘signature’ much less obvious in 2013 because most other producers have a little richer wines too.

Here is good balance and lots of flavor…

2013 Chablis
An assembly of most of Lamblin’s parcels, equivalent to 4-5 hectares.
A relatively deep nose of ripe fruit. Quite large, round, juicy and rich wine with a fine intensity of flavour though – long too. A ripe but very tasty wine.

2013 Chablis Fleur d’Acacia
“Here we make sure the fermentation continues as cold as possible to try to preserve the varietal aromas – normally bringing a little more freshness if sometimes less complexity.” Not a parcel selection, just a proportion of the total.
Certainly fresher and less ripe than the first wine. Also in the mouth this is more classic, direct and fresh – there’s still a certain richness but it’s well-balanced and shows a certain complexity in the finish. Very good!

2013 Chablis Vieilles-Vignes
A single parcel of 47-year-old vines.
Also quite fresh, airy and aromatic – very nice. More weight of flavour and quite mouth-filling. There’s very good intensity here – and some herb accented ripe fruit. I have a preference for the Acacia, but this is fine.

2013 Chablis 1er Vaillons
Really impacted by the coulure – yielded only 28 hl/ha.
Deeper yellow. This has a fine nose of minerals and herbs with good freshness, though a few minutes later it seems to have tightened. Wide, a little fleshy but with fine fresh intensity – really good! The flavour continues to expand after you swallow. This is lovely.

2013 Chablis 1er Fourchaume
A little tight, but there’s a core of ripe lemon in there. Wider with a little more fat to the texture, and richness too – but no problem at all with the balance. The finish is narrower and more modest than that of the Vaillons. Very tasty wine all the same.

2013 Chablis 1er Mont de Milieu
A little wood in the elevage here – to avoid a little austerity – the fermentation is in wood followed malolactic and further elevage in tank.
A round, ripe but essentially modest nose. Quite large in the mouth and despite the ripe fruit, here is an obvious extra minerality. Quite some weight of flavour too. The finish is more open and seemingly longer than that of the Fourchaume. Good wine.

2013 Chablis Vaudesir
A deep, rich and more oaked nose here (the fermentations and elevage are in barrels of 2-4 years old). Rather mineral, deeply concentrated, with ingraining flavour. In the background is a little barrel flavour but this is a fine hybrid of rich yet direct flavour. Too much oak today of course, but that will fade in the necessary 3-5 years of aging.

2013 Chablis Les Clos
A very similar aromatic to the Vaudesir. In the mouth there is more transparency and just a little less richness, with fine energy and a lovely line of flavour. The palate shows just a little less oak influence and a little less richness too after the Vaudesir. A much nicer wine to drink today, if you must, but I think Vaudesir could be even more interesting in time.

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