Lucien Le Moine Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “La Grande Montagne” 2016 (94 VM)
“Pristine, welcoming aromas of citrus zest, white flowers, crushed rock and dusty herbs (“welcome to Chassagne,” says Saouma): A distinctly airy style owing to its energy and wild herb character but saline, sappy and thick as well, gaining in breadth on the back half. This utterly seamless wine finishes with compelling length and brisk citrussy acidity (4.1 grams per liter, vs. 3.6 for the Embrazées). I found this beauty hard to scrape off my palate.”
Lucien Le Moine
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “La Grande Montagne”
This tiny vineyard is located - as the name suggests - on the steep hillside of the same name just west of Chassagne-Montrachet. La Grande Montagne itself is the most southerly of the limestone hills which make up the Côte d’Or escarpment. It is located in the heart of the band of the best Chassagne 1er Crus at the top of the slope that includes Grandes Ruchottes, la Romanée and Caillerets.
In two decades of work, Lucien Le Moine has become one of the most talked about Burgundy producers, making some of the most sought after wines from the region. The approach is extreme – two people, together doing everything by hand, working with a dazzling array of Burgundy’s great terroirs.