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28 June 2011 News

Antonio Galloni blogged about an interesting blind tasting at Lucien Le Moine on the Wine Advocate’s Web site today:

“My day wrapped up with a 2+ hour tasting a Lucien Le Moine. We started with the 2009 grand crus from Vosne, which I missed last time. Richebourg was probably my favorite. Then we tasted all of the 2009 whites. As far as I know, Le Moine is the only winery where the 2009 whites are still in barrel. The wines went into barrel with their lees and have not been moved, racked or sulfured since harvest. The best of the 2009 whites are gorgeous.

At the end of the tasting proprietor Mounir Saouma served two wines, blind from bottle.
Wine #1 had a golden color. It also showed a grainy green streak I associate with some 2004s. I thought it was a good, but not great wine that had aged OK at best.

Wine #2 had a very similar color as #1, so I thought it was probably the same year. The nose was pure Meursault Perrieres in my mind. Wine #2 showed incredible class, with layers of fruit, persistent minerality and a gorgeous finish. It was clearly more complex and pedigreed than Wine #1.

It turns out both wines were 2004 Meursault villages from the same vineyard. Wine #1 was made with a pneumatic press, Wine #2 was made with a mechanic press. Wine #1 went into barrel with 4 liters of lees, Wine #2 went into barrel with 8 liters of lees. Both wines were aged on their lees for 18 months with no rackings until they were bottled straight from barrel with no SO2. According to Saouma at bottling Wine #1 had eaten through all of its lees, while Wine #2 had about 2 liters remaining in the barrel.

I was amazed at how different these wines showed today.”

Antonio Galloni