94 Points Allen Meadows
A much more deeply pitched nose of dark berry fruit, spice, earth, a hint of animale and an overlay of obvious minerality complements perfectly the rich, full and sweet broad-scaled yet elegant flavors that are solidly structured and firm on the detailed and wonderfully intense finish. This powerful, long and serious vintage of Clos des Lambrays is built for the medium plus term, which is to say out to 20 years of improvement followed by another 20 of plateau.
93 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2005 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru offers up a youthfully reserved bouquet of raspberries, cassis, creamy new oak and espresso roast. On the palate, the wine is beginning to unwind, as it’s much less closed than it was when I last tasted it three years ago, displaying good concentration and depth at the core, a fine-grained tannic chassis and a long, generous finish. This ranks as the finest Clos des Lambrays between the 1970s and the 2010, and in a couple more years it will begin to drink in style.
18.5/20 Jancis Robinson
Very glorious fruit expression on the nose. Complete. Spreads right across the palate. Real delicacy and lift. Lovely stuff. Still lots of tannin but well hidden. Thierry Bruin thinks it will close up soon but it’s still pretty lovely now.