This cuvee is quickly garnering a following in just its second vintage. You can see why Olivier was so insistent on purchasing this parcel from Girardin, a Clos at the top of the Santenay hill that has historically been revered as the greatest site in Santenay. Moderate savory richness with fine grained tannin is met by well integrated acidity and a beam of minerality that give the wine great shape and length. A sleeper pick that will be gorgeous after a few years of cellaring.
“The 2013 Clos des Gravières rouge from Olivier Lamy is a very fine example of Santenay in the making, as these forty-five year-old vines have produced a lovely example of the vintage. The bouquet is a bright and classy, red fruity constellation of cherries, quince,
woodsmoke, chalky soil tones, a touch of pepper and a topnote of the gamebirds to come. On the palate the wine is medium-full, long and nicely transparent, with a good core, tangy acids, fine focus and grip and a nice bit of backend tannin adding conviction on the well-balanced and youthful finish. This will blossom very nicely with five or six years in the cellar and should be one of the absolute steals for a red wine in 2013. 2020-2040. 89.”