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Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Corton Renardes Grand Cru 2016

Corton Renardes Grand Cru

Corton Renardes displays the sweet side of Corton, as opposed to Corton Bressandes. It has more viscosity, more tannin, color and sweetness than Bressandes. It is both an easier wine to understand that Corton Bresandes, and more immediately attractive.

Vinous Media “Bright ruby-red color. Distinctly wild aromas and flavors of black raspberry, game birds and animal fur. Plush, dense and fine-grained, showing more early personality than the Bressandes despite the fact…

Burghound “Reduction rules the fruit today. Otherwise there is an intense minerality that suffuses the powerful and extract-rich broad-shouldered flavors that are muscular and overtly rustic before terminating in a focused,…

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Lucien Le Moine Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 2016

Corton Bressandes Grand Cru

Vinous Media “Bright, full red. Very ripe aromas of plum, raspberry, strawberry and smoky minerality. Plush and fine-grained, with fresh red fruit flavors complemented by deeper saline and soil tones. The wine’s…

Burghound “A pure, super-fresh and airy nose is comprised by the essence of red currant that is liberally laced with notes earth, spice, violet and a hint of lavender. The bigger,…

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Lucien Le Moine Beaune 1er Cru “Le Clos des Mouches” Rouge 2016

Beaune 1er Cru “Le Clos des Mouches” Rouge

Burghound “A discreet touch of wood sets off the pretty and well-layered aromas of both red and dark pinot, floral and lovely spice elements. The suave, rich and caressing medium-bodied flavors…

Vinous Media “Healthy medium-deep red. Expressive aromas of red and black cherry and flowers convey the site’s high altitude. Juicy and sharply delineated, with its medicinal flavors of black cherry and bitter…

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Lucien Le Moine Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Morgeot” Rouge 2016

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Morgeot” Rouge

Vinous Media “Bright, dark red. Lively aromas of black raspberry, black cherry and violet. Distinctly dark in its flavors, with notes of cassis, black cherry, menthol and dark chocolate conveying a slightly…

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Lucien Le Moine Pommard 1er Cru “Les Epenots” 2016

Pommard 1er Cru “Les Epenots”

The commune of Pommard lies on a slope descending from Beaune, to the north, to Volnay, to the south. Of Pommard’s 832 acres of vineyards, 309 are ranked 1er Cru over 24 climats. Les Epenots is by far the largest of Pommard’s premiers crus, with 75.5 acres. The vineyard for Lucien Le Moine’s Les Epenots has a clay and humidic soil, down on the bottom of the hill. It is compact soil, with not a lot of drainage. The wines as a result are very tannic, and need time. Les Epenots is a very powerful Pommard, with a lot of depth and muscle, and plum and spice notes. It is, as Mounir says, almost Bordeaux-like.

Vinous Media “Deep medium ruby. Very ripe aromas of crème de cassis, black cherry and smoke. Fat, chewy wine with lovely depth and fullness to its black fruit flavors. Very ripe but…

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Lucien Le Moine Pommard 1er Cru “Les Grands Epenots” 2016

Pommard 1er Cru “Les Grands Epenots”

The 25 acre Les Grands Epenots vineyard is considered by some one of the very finest climats in Pommard. The fruit for Lucien Le Moine’s “Les Grands Epenots” comes from higher up in the vineyard leading to a classic and very fine expression. The vineyard is higher, it has better drainage, and there is more limestone, resulting in a wine that is both silkier and more easygoing than “Les Epenots.”

Burghound “Here too the super-fresh nose is expressive with a redder fruit profile that is laced with plenty of earth and spice along with a hint of wood. The more refined…

Vinous Media “Bright, dark red. Less purely black on the nose than the Epenots, showing enticing spicy lift to its raspberry and mint aromas. At once sweet and brisk in the mouth,…

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Lucien Le Moine Pommard 1er Cru “Les Rugiens” 2016

Pommard 1er Cru “Les Rugiens”

Burghound “A slightly riper yet still very fresh nose is more deeply pitched with its array of cassis, plum, black cherry and a whiff of the sauvage. There is a lovely…

Vinous Media “Bright ruby-red. Highly nuanced nose melds aromas of cherry, raspberry, flint and tobacco lifted by white pepper and rose petal; one feels the red soil influence here. Delivers a winning…

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Lucien Le Moine Volnay 1er Cru “Santenots” 2016

Volnay 1er Cru “Santenots”

The Santenots vineyard comprises about 56 acres. Down in Meursault, actually in the village of Meursault, Santenots is really planted on white wine soils. Sometimes you can even find the smokiness of Meursault in the wines. They are light and fruity wines, easily gliding through the palate because they don’t have firm structure.

Burghound “A very spicy nose reflects notes of plum, violet and Asian-style tea. There is fine concentration to the vibrant middle weight flavors possess both good intensity and minerality as well…

Vinous Media “Full, deep red; a bit less bright than the Clos des Chènes. Somewhat lower-toned on the nose, with aromas of raspberry, strawberry and Damson plum jam complemented by mellow soil…

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Lucien Le Moine Volnay 1er Cru Pitures Dessus 2016

Volnay 1er Cru Pitures Dessus

Vinous Media “Bright, dark red with ruby tones. Complex nose offers aromas of dark raspberry, black cherry and smoky soil, along with an element of sweet oak. Juicy and tight, but with…

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Lucien Le Moine Volnay 1er Cru “Clos des Chênes” 2016

Volnay 1er Cru “Clos des Chênes”

Clos des Chênes is a Premier cru site located at the southern end of Volnay. It is just up the hill from neighboring Les Caillerets, but is opposite in style: Clos des Chênes is typically a fuller wine than les Caillerets, with more body, tannins, depth and spice.

Burghound “A well-layered nose combines notes of red and dark currant, spice and a pretty hint of lavender. The denser, serious and more powerful big-bodied flavors brim with both dry extract…

Vinous Media “Dark red-ruby. More serious on the nose than the Pitures Dessus, with its currant, chocolate, menthol and oak aromas complicated by a mineral quality. Sappy and chewy on the palate,…

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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…