Lucien Le Moine
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.
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Amoureuses”
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 raspberry scents. The even more refined and certainly more mineral-driven medium weight flavors possess a caressing mouth feel before concluding in a lingering if slightly one-dimensional finish. While more depth will almost certainly develop with bottle age, it’s not clear that this is going to match the best of the Vosne and Gevrey 1ers in that regard.”
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 chocolate flavors complicated by subtle saline minerality. Superb sweetness here but still very primary. The wine’s noble tannins spread out to saturate the palate without leaving any impression of weight. Offers brilliant potential but this wine will require extended aging.”
Other Wines by this Producer
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Aux Combottes”
Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru “Les Cailles”
The Les Cailles is an 18 acre vineyard from which the last several years Lucien Le Moine has produced wines of surprising power that still retain the elegance of Les Cailles. Les Cailles, Mounir Saouma says, is deeper than other Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Crus, with more body and more tannin. It is dense, and the heat of the vineyard gives a “charred” character to the wine - it becomes clear that this character is the wine’s (and not from oak) when you come to the finish, which is purely fruit. It is clear why some consider it a Grand Cru level vineyard.
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.
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.
Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru “Aux Boudots”
Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru “Les Vaucrains”
The commune of Nuits-Saint-Georges is the southernmost commune of the Côte de Nuits, and includes, from a viticultural standpoint, the small adjoining commune of Prémeaux-Prissey. There are 431 acres of vineyards which take this appellation at the village level, of which 29 are in Prémeaux. Of the 1er Cru vineyards, numbering 36, 28 vineyards occupy 248 acres in Nuits-Saint-Georges; the remaining eight, in Prémeaux, cover 104 acres. The Les Vaucrains is a vineyard of 15 acres lying upslope at 260-280 meters in the south part of Prémeaux.
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Champeaux”
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru “Les Suchots”
Les Suchots is one of Lucien Le Moine’s finest Crus every year. Mounir says that, like Échézeaux, there is an almost Syrah-like character of licorice and smoke. Les Suchots is a wine with a lot of tannin and less of a classic, delicate Burgundian profile.
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru “Aux Malconsorts”
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru “Les Petits Monts”
Les Petits Monts is a small, 9 acre vineyard just up-slope from Richebourg. Mounir Saouma says about Les Petits Monts that it is not far from Les Suchots, and on top of Richebourg, with a poor, dry soil. It is in character the opposite of Les Suchots, which is colored and tannic - it is a subtle and very fine wine, which shows little tannin, more floral notes and more of a St-Vivant character.