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Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Richebourg Grand Cru 2016

Richebourg Grand Cru

Vinous Media “Bright medium ruby. Initially closed nose opened somewhat with air to reveal powerful aromas of dark berries, black cherry, menthol, crushed rock, tobacco, violet and peat. Extremely primary and deep…

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Lucien Le Moine Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru 2016

Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru

Burghound “There is plenty of herbal tea influence surrounding the subtly spiced aromas of red and dark pinot fruit. The middle weight flavors are at once racy and lacy with excellent…

Vinous Media “Bright ruby-red. Knockout, spectacularly lifted aromas of black raspberry, cocoa powder, cappuccino, rose petal and white chocolate. Wonderfully sweet, dense and seamless, with excellent delineation to its flavors of dark…

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Lucien Le Moine Grands Échezeaux Grand Cru 2016

Grands Échezeaux Grand Cru

Grands Échézeaux is a 23 acre vineyard, one that only recently Lucien Le Moine has started working with to produce wines that show unusual subtlety and harmony. Mounir describes Grands Échézeaux 22 as the “Les Amoureuses” of Vosne. It sits between Échézeaux and Clos de Vougeot, which are big and tannic, but Grands Échézeaux is very balanced and straight - nothing is exaggerated.

Burghound “Here there is no reductive funk as the restrained but very complex nose offers up a wide range of spice elements that include notes of hoisin, Asian-style tea, cassis and…

Vinous Media “Full, bright ruby. Higher-toned and considerably more expressive on the nose than the Echézeaux, offering aromas of black raspberry, licorice and violet along with suggestions of more exotic ripeness. Densely…

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Échezeaux Grand Cru 2016

Échezeaux Grand Cru

Lucien Le Moine has been producing one of the very finest examples of Échézeaux for several years running. Mounir says that you can make the analogy that Échézeaux is the syrah of Burgundy. On the Flagey side there is a flat exposition and the limestone is not as evident. As a result the wine has a licorice, smoky note which almost brings you to the Côte-Rôtie.

Vinous Media “Good medium ruby. Inviting aromas of black raspberry, tobacco, gingerbread and honey. Large-scaled, saline Echézeaux in a rather cool style, conveying modest sweetness but excellent focus. Very concentrated but youthfully…

Burghound “Moderate reduction masks the fruit today. There is an excellent sense of underlying tension to the almost racy medium-bodied flavors that possess fine delineation on the firm, youthfully austere and…

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Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2016

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

The largest Grand Cru in the Côte-de-Nuits, at 125 acres, Clos de Vougeot possesses differing soil structures and expositions and, notably, a large number of growers. The top of the vineyard features soils of pebbly limestone, which become marl further down the slope, and finally more alluival at the 23 bottom. Notoriously variable, from the best producers Clos de Vougeot produces generous, complex wines that can stand alongside any Grand Cru Burgundies.

Wine Spectator "Black cherry and blackberry compote flavors hold court in this fruit-filled red, gaining complexity from graphite and chalk notes. Firm and sinewy on the finish, where the dense tannins reign.…

Vinous Media “Good dark red. Sexy dark berries and musky black cherry on the nose. Juicy and imploded on the palate. with its dark berry and smoke flavors communicating a rather cool…

Burghound “This is very ripe, indeed to the point where the cassis, warm earth and softly floral-scented aromas exhibit hints of mocha. In much the same fashion as the Clos St.…

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Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2016

Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru

Mounir thinks of Bonnes-Mares as the ambassador of all the Côte d’Or – taste 15 wines from the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits, and when you come to Bonnes-Mares it will have all the fruit, tannin, sweetness, and spice of the wines you just tasted. Because of its multi-dimensional power and beauty, Bonnes-Mares has become one of if not the signature wine from Lucien Le Moine.

Wine Spectator "This red is saturated with cherry, raspberry, floral, mineral and spice aromas and flavors. Shows depth, with a core of sweet fruit that builds on the palate. Sandalwood and licorice…

Burghound “Here too there is a touch of herbal tea character to the very ripe yet still attractively fresh liqueur-like nose of cassis, dark cherry and pretty floral notes and especially…

Vinous Media “Good dark ruby-red. Raspberry and pepper aromas are lifted by floral, spicy and herbal nuances on the very pure, perfumed nose. Sappy red and dark berry flavors project terrific peppery…

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Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016

Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru

The Mazis-Chambertin parcel used by Lucien Le Moine lies in poor clay soils, from the highest part of the vineyard where there is only 4 inches of soil. Mounir likes to say that the sun almost touches the roots. As a result, this wine has powerful, jammy, almost barbecue flavor and a lot of smokiness (some will attribute this to oak, but it is the natural character of the site). There is an animal side to the wine that at Lucien Le Moine is tempered by an extended aging which brings out notably a red currant character. In addition, with bottle age the fruit becomes more apparent.

Vinous Media “Bright medium ruby. Fresh scents of black cherry, baking spices, flowers and smoky soil communicate an impression of delicacy. Dense but light on its feet, with intense red fruit flavors…

Burghound “There is enough reduction to mask the fruit but not the sauvage elements Mazis is famous for. There is a bit more size, weight and power to the big-bodied flavors…

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Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru

As the name suggests, wines from this vineyard are full of charm - beautiful aromatics and weight. Mounir looks for the “charm” in Charmes-Chambertin - a wine with sweetness, fruit, spice, chocolate notes. He feels it is at its best when it is attractive and approachable.

Vinous Media “Good medium ruby. Brooding aromas of medicinal black cherry and bitter chocolate complicated by a spicy element. Very dense, concentrated and savory, conveying grand cru depth of texture and subtle…

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Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016

Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru

Latricières is often thought of as a “sturdy” Gevrey-Chambertin Grand Cru, Le Moine’s 2014 has an overtly elegant side that comes through, surprising and exceptionally promising.

Burghound “An ultra-fresh nose of various red berries, underbrush and Gevrey-style earth gives way to polished, intense and racy mineral-driven flavors that possess excellent depth and persistence on the mildly austere,…

Vinous Media “Bright, dark ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, licorice, black pepper and menthol; one feels the grape skins here. Dense, sappy, tactile and strong; expressive in terms of its sweetness but…

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Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016

Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru

Griotte-Chambertin is one of the most elusive Grand Crus in Burgundy; it’s the smallest Grand Cru in Gevrey at only 3 hectares in size. The vineyard faces north-east, which means the vines are not fully exposed to the morning sunshine - this contributes to the fresher, less masculine style of its wines.

Vinous Media “Healthy dark red-ruby. Dark, rather subdued nose shows more soil and limestone character than primary fruits, but an element of violet emerged with air. Dense and lively, with its chalky…

Burghound “This is restrained to the point of being almost timid yet it is also exceptionally pretty with a really lovely nose of red and dark currant, earth and a hint…

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Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru 2016

Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

A vineyard sitting between Mazis-Chambertin and Chambertin, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze is on the same limestone as Montrachet - you can almost think of it as a wine from Chassagne, a white wine with red color. It has almost an essence on the palate, it is supple, long, and without a lot of body or tannin. A sublime wine.

Burghound “Exuberantly spicy liqueur-like aromas of cassis, dark cherry and plenty of floral elements introduce the succulent, round and seductive, even opulent imposingly-scaled flavors coat the palate with dry extract while…

Vinous Media “Good medium ruby. High-pitched violet perfume lifts the aroma of ripe black cherry. Wonderfully suave, intense and refined, with a pungently fresh quality that reminded me of cut grass. This…

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Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2016

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

Clos de la Roche lies on an easterly-exposed slope at the northern end of Morey-Saint-Denis, divided by the road leading to Gevrey-Chambertin, and shares some of the nuances associated with the grands crus of the commune. It is divided into eight parcels totalling 41.75 acres.

Burghound “Firm reduction dominates the fruit today. Otherwise there is exceptionally good volume and richness to the powerful and concentrated big-bodied flavors that evidence moderate rusticity on the very firm but…

Vinous Media “Bright ruby-red. Knockout nose combines black raspberry, brown spices, fresh blood, game and crushed-stone minerality. Similarly wild on the palate, and surprisingly expressive for young Clos de la Roche, displaying…

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Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru 2016

Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru

The soils of Clos Saint Denis are very drained, and the fruit achieves a lot of ripeness and flavor Mounir calls this a humiliating wine, because your first impression is of a wine that is full of earthy, dirty notes, but when it emerges after time to breathe, or with age, it displays sweet red fruits and a sweet finish. The soil here is rich in iron and phosphorous, giving this wine a contrast between dirty and sweet.

Vinous Media “Medium red-ruby, a bit lighter than the Clos de la Roche. Less delineated and nuanced on the nose in the early going, hinting at violet, dried rose and blood orange.…

Burghound “Firm reduction also dominates the nose. There isn’t the same power, size and weight to the less imposingly-scaled flavors compared to those of the Clos de la Roche but as…

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Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Amoureuses” 2016

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Amoureuses”

This esteemed vineyard bordering Musigny and Clos de Vougeot regularly produces one of Lucien Le Moine’s most celebrated wines. Mounir says that the vineyard parcel from which his wine comes from has roots that go deep into the rocks, and the wine can be described as one with a lot of minerality, but with very little tannin or acidity, and notably a character of a very limited attack that draws out to an incredibly persistent finish.

Burghound “Like several of the preceding wines, this is aromatically quite restrained though a bit of aeration eventually exposes a lovely range of spice elements on the lavender-inflected red and dark…

Vinous Media “Bright ruby-red. Very dark, rather masculine nose offers aromas of black raspberry, boysenberry and violet. Wonderfully dense, concentrated and pure but youthfully restrained, with its refined dark fruit and bitter…

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Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Hauts Doix” 2016

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Hauts Doix”

Les Haut Doix is a small vineyard between Les Charmes and Les Amoureuses. It sits within Les Amoureuses before the road to Les Charmes, but the wines show more acidity and fresh fruit than Les Amoureuses. It is crisper, less spicy, with fruit that is less ripe in character than Les Amoureuses. There is less drainage in this vineyard, and the soil is more viscous.

Burghound “Whiffs of raspberry, red currant and cherry enjoy added breadth in the form of spice, floral and orange pekoe tea. The much sleeker and more refined if substantially less powerful…

Vinous Media “Bright medium ruby. Very dark, discreet scents of black raspberry, crème de cassis, licorice and flowers; rather Musigny-like. Densely packed, intense and energetic, boasting terrific savory minerality and inner-mouth violet…

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Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Baudes”

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Baudes”

Lying just under Bonnes-Mares, Les Baudes shows a more structured and powerful side of Chambolle-Musigny.

Vinous Media “Healthy red-ruby color. Soil-driven aromas of black raspberry, smoky minerals, wild herbs and pungent black licorice. Then dense and deep but relaxed, with a Chambolle fluidity of texture supported by…

Burghound “A deft touch of wood can be found on the dark pinot fruit, spice, floral and newly turned earth aromas. There is once again excellent punch and a taut muscularity…

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Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru “Les Genavrières” 2016

Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru “Les Genavrières”

The 1er Cru Genavrières is located on the highest part of the Clos de la Roche vineyard. The wine has both the body of the Clos de la Roche and the finesse of this high part of Morey St Denis. The vines here were once exclusively white, but have gradually been taken over by Pinot Noir. The site is very rocky, with a visibly high content of limestone in the soils.

Vinous Media “Bright ruby-red. Sappy black cherry, brown spices, orange zest and flowers on the nose; there’s an almost exotic note of fruit syrup here yet the overall impression is dark and…

Burghound “An overtly spicy nose speaks of plum, violet and dark cherry scents. The rich and sappy flavors possess a velvety palate impression yet despite the seductive mouth feel there is…

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Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Estournelles-Saint-Jacques” 2016

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Estournelles-Saint-Jacques”

Estournelles St Jacques sits just above Lavaut St Jacques, a five acre vineyard at the top of the slope. Mounir Saouma describes this wine by staying it is in character between Les Cazetiers, which is fine and subtle, and Lavaut St Jacques, which is more powerful and tannic. Estournelles St Jacques has a beautiful balance, and a lovely weight that also displays subtlety.

Vinous Media “Bright red-ruby. Aromas of raspberry, strawberry and milk chocolate convey a syrupy ripeness. Plush and pliant in the mouth, as much red fruit as black in character. Offers good concentration…

Burghound “Here too there is an attractive freshness to the cool and restrained aromas of cassis, plum and soft earth and floral wisps. The racy, intense and overtly stony middle weight…

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Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Cazetiers” 2016

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Cazetiers”

Les Cazetiers is a 21 acre vineyard that faces almost due east. Always one of Lucien Le Moine’s exciting wines, it combines fantastic definition and complexity. Mounir Saouma explains that the vines he uses are nearly 100 years old, and there is tremendous subtlety, spiciness and elegance. It is the essence of Gevrey without the body, all finesse.

Vinous Media “Slightly cloudy appearance. Classic, pure Genevrières scents of lemon, lime, tangerine and ginger. At once large-scaled and sharply focused, with its dusty citrus zest, spice and anise flavors communicating a…

Burghound “The particular form of reduction the Burgundians call bourgeon de cassis overshadows the fruit today. More positively, here too the big-bodied flavors possess excellent muscularity and power along the first-rate…

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Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Lavaut Saint-Jacques” 2016

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Lavaut Saint-Jacques”

Estournelles St Jacques sits just above Lavaut St Jacques, a five acre vineyard at the top of the slope. Mounir Saouma describes this wine by staying it is in character between Les Cazetiers, which is fine and subtle, and Lavaut St Jacques, which is more powerful and tannic. Estournelles St Jacques has a beautiful balance, and a lovely weight that also displays subtlety.

Vinous Media “Bright ruby-red. An aroma of medicinal black cherry comes across as quite fresh for this cuvée. Dense and sappy, with a flavor of black cherry syrup enlivened by savory limestone-driven…

Burghound “Reduction dominates today. Otherwise there is outstanding size, weight and intensity to the larger-scaled, muscular and much more powerful flavors that are not nearly as elegant but they do deliver…