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10 August 2016 News

An in-depth look at Meursault by Wine & Spirits Magazine, featuring some of the absolute greatest white wine producers in the world.  Included is Lucien Le Moine, courtesy of Mounir Saouma’s stunning Meursault Perrieres 2012.  Coche-Dury, Roulot, and other top flight producers are discussed and tasted.  An unapologetically highbrow piece!

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1 October 2015 News

Congratulations to our 7 Top 100 Wineries of 2015, E. Guigal, Le Macchiole, Errazuriz, Domaine des Baumard, Lucien Le Moine, Champagne Bollinger, and Quinta do Noval!

The issue has just been released. Click here to read their profiles!

 
22nd September 2015 News, Videos

James Suckling’s Web-site features a great video of Lucien Le Moine’s Rotem Brakin talking about the intricacies behind the making of the perfect-scoring Montrachet 2013.

James described it as “A perfect white. A reference for Chardonnay.” Click on the video here to watch Rotem’s fascinating explanation.

 
13 July 2015 News

An article in Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages – “Rebellion and the Meaning of Terroir” – raises some different viewpoints when it comes to accepted wisdom about terroir. Mounir Saouma is quoted in a discussion about how Meursault is often regarded as buttery compared to Puligny-Montrachet, a notion that many producers disagree with:

“Nobody who tastes Coche-Dury, Roulot, Ente, Pierre Morey, Fichet, or a dozen other top producers of Meursault would dream of calling their wines buttery. While there is a tendency to fullness of texture, these wines have a firmness and tension that makes them far ‘steelier’ to my mind than many a floral, fruity Puligny.

When Mounir Saouma of Lucien Le Moine says ‘Meursault is mineral, Puligny is sweet’, people raised in the buttery-steely tradition boggle and splutter, but this is in fact a wholly accurate description of his own wines, and indeed of many others grown in the same spot.”

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16 April 2015 News

Mitch Frank of the Wine Spectator pens a fantastic piece on Mounir Saouma and Rotem Brakir of Lucien Le Moine, getting to the heart of what makes their wines so special.  Click here to read the full piece.

 

 
10 April 2015 News

Lucien Le Moine’s 2012 Pommard Les Epenots appeared in Wine Spectator’s Insider this week, with a score of 93 points! See below for the review.

Lucien Le Moine
Pommard Les Epenots 2012
93 points | $160 | 74 cases made | Red
The core of saturated cherry, strawberry and spice flavors is amplified
by a vibrant structure and well-integrated oak in this suave
red. The finish echoes sweet fruit and spice, picking up a mineral
accent. Best from 2019 through 2032.—B.S.

 

 
25 November 2014 News

Decanter Magazine recently ran a piece on the “The Top 15 wines from Burgundy micro-negociants”, with both whites and reds topped by Lucien Le Moine.  Mounir Saouma’s Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Abbaye de Morgeots is reviewed as follows: “Initial impression of licorice followed by a complex palate of peaches and cream offset by nuts and more liquorice, this has a fine granular texture with a nutty aftertaste. 94 Points.”  And the Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers:  “Earthy and nutty, this is infinitely smooth with extraordinary refinement for a young Gevrey. Seamless layers of red fruits accompany a fine structure covered with a glossy textured sheen and lovely focus. Every drop a top premier cru. 92 Points”

 
21 November 2014 News

The December issue of Decanter has a feature article on Migro-negociants in Burgundy, written by Benjamin Lewis MW. Lucien Le Moine is one of the main producers discussed in the article. Lewin delves into how proprietor Mounir Saouma creates his exquisite wines, which include a long ageing process, slow alcohol fermentation, and letting his growers operate without micromanaging them.  Despite the quality and stature of his wines, the producer remains modest.  “People say I’m a visionary, but I’m not,” he says, “I’m just making wine in a simple way.”

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1 August 2014 News

Super piece here by Benjamin Lewin on a visit to see Mounir Saouma of Lucien Le Moine.  He pretty much nails Mounir.  Favorite quote:

Mounir is a complicated person – “I listen to Dylan every day and read Nietzsche” – and conversation with him is thought-provoking, running in every direction like quicksilver. For every question I asked, the answer provoked more lines of investigation. He has a very definite view of winemaking. “I saw the need for a place where we would make wine in the old tradition – not the young tradition, which is the last 30-40 years. There was a window for a policy of ‘I don’t do.’ Many people were saying ‘I do so and so.’ The objective was to be as classic as possible.”

Photo credit to Lewin on Wine, the entrance to Mounir’s cave as pictured in the piece.

 
15 May 2014 News

Wine Enthusiast magazine interviewed vocalist and wine collector Garrett Dutton from the band G. Love and Special Sauce. When asked what wines excited him he said, “Meursault is probably my favorite white, and, for the reds, I like Chambolle-Musigny”. It looks like G. Love loves Lucien Le Moine – if he could pick a bottle to drink on a deserted island, he says it would be Le Moine’s Montrachet! See the full interview here.