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20 February 2013 News

Bruce Sanderson blogs from Burgundy, writing a post exclusively devoted to Lucien Le Moine which appeared yesterday afternoon on Wine Spectator’s home page. The coverage is part of Sanderson’s preview of the 2011 vintage in Burgundy. Great preliminary scores and comments all around! He notes that Mounir’s counter-culture winemaking ideology has paid off in 2011, resulting in “potentially classic Pinots and Chardonnays.” Below is an excerpt, click here for the full article (subscription only).


“Tasting the wines of Lucien Le Moine is a fascinating exercise, in part because co-proprietor sources excellent wines, but mainly because Saouma’s ideology often runs counter to the prevailing wisdom in Burgundy.

Saouma generally loves a long élevage with plenty of healthy lees to nourish the wines. To that end, nothing in the cellar had been racked or treated with sulfites; every barrel was still on lees. “On paper, [2011] looks like 2010,” Saouma said. “There’s not a lot of alcohol, not a lot of acidity, but to have 13.2 [degrees of potential alcohol] in 2011, we had to chaptalize. Both vintages started too fruity, almost boring, until 14 months after the harvest. Then both vintages started to become an adult,” he added.”