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Lucien Le Moine

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…

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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…