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2nd May 2014 News

The International Wine Cellar just published the results of Executive Wine Seminars’ “2009 Red Burgundies: The Grand Crus”.  Wines were poured in 3 flights, with participants voting for their top 3 wines across all flights. Of the 21 attendees, the unanimous favorite and runaway first-place winner was Lucien Le Moine’s 2009 Bonnes Mares with 50 points and a 98+ rating!


The tasting note:

“Fairly light color.  Hauntingly beautiful aromas remind us of black cherry, black raspberry, licorice, cola syrup, sassafras, root beer, minerals and spice.  Sweet and seductive in the mouth; the hedonists are in heaven!  This is a flat-out delicious wine that finds us riveted in our seats in awe.  It’s a complex 2009 with a strong sense of terroir and dancing minerals.  The fruit here is special.  Moderate tannins and firm structure suggest that #8 will age well.  Spectacular, extra-long spicy finish.  Everyone LOVED this wine, the runaway first-place winner!”


Click here to read about all the wines poured.

 
28 March 2014 News

Lucien Le Moine hits the Wine Spectator Hot Wines again, with the Corton-Charlemagne 2011 receiving 93 points.  While none of the Le Moine wines are inexpensive, this Grand Cru is in my opinion the “bargain” among his whites – it’s truly extraordinary and, because of the appellation, priced well below his other Grand Cru whites. See below to read the review!

 

 

 
17 March 2014 News

Lucien Le Moine has 2 of the 4 Hot Wines in the Wine Spectator, as well as 2 additional featured wines! See the scores and reviews before, or click here to read the full March 2014 Insider.

 

Hot Wine & 93 Points: Lucien Le Moine Bonnes Mares 2011  “Rich and bursting with sweet fruit, this exudes black cherry, black currant, violet and spice flavors. Firmly structured and long, with the fruit notes returning on the lingering aftertaste, accented by a touch of spice.”

Hot Wine & 93 Points: Lucien Le Moine Clos de la Roche 2011  “A dense version, boasting black cherry, raspberry, earth and spice flavors.  Lively acidity and well-integrated tannins keep this together as the finish reveals licorice and sandalwood accents.”

Lucien Le Moine Echezeaux 2011  “Smoky in aroma, with the flavors of cherry, currant and flowers enhanced by a layer of spice.  Forthcoming and open-knit, matching fine intensity to an elegant frame.”

Lucien Le Moine Pommard Les Epenots 2011  “Smoky and spicy, with buried cherry and berry flavors.  The tannins are assertive now, but all the pieces are in place, leading to a long finish. Needs time.”

 
9 October 2013 News

The winter 2013 issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine features the Top 100 Wineries of the Year for their exemplary performances through the year for particular regions. Of the 100, there were 5 of our very own having a featured profile which were, Domaine des Baumard, E. Guigal, Errazuriz, Lucien Le Moine, and Schiopetto. You can see all of their featured profiles by clicking the images below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
20 September 2013 News

Antonio Galloni sat for lunch at Bistro de l’Hotel in Beaune, France, where he enjoyed white asparagus and vinaigrette with Lucien Le Moine’s 2010 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières – pas mal, as they say! With a 94+ score, his tasting notes are as follows – “The wine really should have been decanted, as it needed several hours to open up, but what a wine! Rich, explosive and layered, the 2010 burst out of the glass with a head spinning mélange of exotic aromas and flavors. The intense Genevrières minerality actually worked beautifully with the asparagus. Now I know what pairs well with one of the greatest enemies of wine at the dinner table. Too bad Genevrières isn’t the kind of everyday wine one can drink whenever the mood strikes!”  To read more about his lunch in Burgundy click here.

 
16 August 2013 News

An article in the New York Times features the négociants of Burgundy and explains how the world of Burgundy has evolved remarkably over last 30 years.  Many négociants, despite not owning any land, are meticulous producers of top-quality wines. An excerpt on Lucien Le Moine appears below. To read the full article, click here.

“The négociant house Lucien Le Moine is run by Mounir and Rotem Saouma (he is Lebanese and she is Israeli), who bottle only grand crus and premier crus. Le Moine’s methods hark back to when négociants were known more formally as négociant-éleveurs. Le Moine does not buy grapes, as most négociants try to do today. Rather, it selects juice or very young wine that has been fermented by the growers and then “rears” (from the French verb élever) the wine itself in its own barrels and cellar.”

 

 
15 March 2013 News

Josh Greene, editor in chief of Wine & Spirits Magazine, chose Lucien Le Moine’s 2010 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru as his “Red Wine of the Month.” The following review went out in the magazine’s March newsletter:

 

 
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.”

 

 
29 November 2012 News

Wine Spectators December/January issue released a long list of the “Classic-Scoring Wines of 2012”. The chart lists about 340 wines that have been reviewed over the course of 2012 and scored 95 points or higher. On that list is Guigal’s Ermitage Ex Voto Blanc (97 points) and St. Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice (95 points), Disznoko’s 6 Puttonyos (95 points), and Lucien Le Moine’s Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses  (95 points), Clos de Vougeot (95 points), Mazis-Chambertin (95 points) and Volnay les Caillerets (95 points).

 
23 August 2012 News

Lucien Le Moine’s Mounir Saouma talks with Gerrie Lim about, among other things, his love of Pinot Noir and why only bottles his wines on a full moon.  Saouma was born in Lebanon and learned to make wine in a Trappist monastery, and then studied viticulture and oenology in Montepellier. Although he truly learned winemaking in France, the most important thing he gained from the monks influence was, “Don’t touch”.  He says, “they like things to be made naturally and to let things grow, and to have us just observe”.  A philosophy he carries out in own cellar. To read the full article click the image below.