Domaine des Lambrays is famous for producing its Clos des Lambrays, from which it takes its name. Many consumers do not realize, however, that the domaine produces several other wines in addition to the Clos. Two outstanding premier cru wines are made from holdings in Puligny-Montrachet and there are two rouge cuvees from Morey-Saint-Denis, a village and premier cru. The domaine employs a strict selection of the grapes during the harvest and the less ripe grapes are used for a rose. This wine is called La Rose du Clos, but this title is misleading. Some of the fruit may be from the Clos des Lambarays, but the estate’s website says the wine is made from a “selection of the Domaine’s harvest.” This would imply that the grapes used for the rose are sourced from all their holdings in Morey-Saint-Denis, not just the Clos de Lambrays.
The 2008 La Rose du Clos is very pale in color and subtly fragrant. Light-bodied, the wine is very refreshing in the mouth. I appreciated the delicate nature of the wine, but I would have liked there to have been more fruit on the palate. The wine also has a slightly bitter finish, which should not be surprising since it is made from the grapes that did not fully ripen. While the La Rose du Clos was very pleasant, I did not like it as much as a recent Marsannay rose from Domaine Collotte. Despite the fact that the wine comes from Morey-Saint-Denis fruit, I find it a little expensive at $25.