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20 August 2012 News

In their Fall 2012 special issue, Wine & Spirits creates a list of their “Terroir Top 100”.  They create a little scale, and list 100 wines ranging between 5.0 and 8.4 that “transport us, that completely rock our world”.  Included among the wines are Lucien Le Moine Chambolle-Musigny Les Haut Doix 2008 and Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil Mencia 2009.  Love the line, “the kind of Burgundy Lisbeth Salander might drink on the lam.”

Click on the picture below to see the reviews in full size.

 

 
20 August 2012 News

In its profile of the 2009 vintage for white Burgundy, the Wine Spectator publishes its list of the top wines of the vintage.  Click on the image below to download it and see in greater detail – two Lucien Le Moine whites, the Corton-Charlemagne and Puligny-Montrachet Champ Gain, make the list.

 
9 August 2012 News

The recently closed elBulli will be auctioning off its entire wine cellar (which takes the form of a 139-page wine list!). The auction will be held by Sotheby’s and will include as many as 1,600 different wines from the cellar.  Lucien Le Moine is all over the elBulli wine list, with verticals of many Mounir Saouma’s wines including Corton-Charlemagne, Chambertin-Clos de Beze, and Vosne-Romanee Les Suchots. A total of 34 Le Moine wines are on the outstanding wine list. The auction was featured in an article that can be found here, notice the two bottles of Lucien Le Moine in the article’s main photo!

 
19 April 2012 News

This is the second Wine Spectator Insider in the last few weeks featuring 2009 Burgundies, and the second time Lucien Le Moine gets into the “Hot Wines” section!  The Insider scores Le Moine’s 2009 Mazis-Chambertin with 95 points. The other Le Moine that was featured a little while back was the 2009 Charmes-Chambertin scoring 94 points. Check out the reviews below!

 
26 January 2012 News, Videos

A little video of Mounir Saouma on his walk from Gevrey over to Chambertin.  On a cold morning in November 2011, Mounir discusses the difference between Clos de la Roche and Clos Saint Denis, topographically and geologically, and then how those factors affect the wines – as he states, in his cellars the Clos Saint Denis takes an entire year to go through alcoholic fermentation, making it a “difficult” wine.

This little walk we took explains his whole “operation” – in quotes because in the video you see his wife Rotem (pouring) and it is just the two of them.  One to two barrels of wine from who he thinks are the most interesting growers in his favorite vineyards.  Then….nothing…for a long time…his fermentations are typically the longest in Burgundy as is his maturation.  He does little lees stirring, and only sulfurs once, a few months before bottling (his wines typically have ¼ the average sulfur levels in Burgundy, but they are protected because he prefers traditional, coarser pressings which leave more lees in the wine).

 
9 January 2012 News

What’s better than seeing the first bottles of the 2009 Burgundies from Lucien Le Moine arrive?  Seeing the first magnums! From the barrel of Pommard Billardet Michael purchased two years ago at the Hospices de Beaune, and which Mounir Saouma raised.

 

 

 

 

 
19 December 2011 News

About a month ago Executive Wine Seminars held a blind tasting of 2008 white Burgundies, and they have just posted the results on the Wine Advocate site.   They note that all 14 wines showed well, and we list the ratings they note just below, including the #2 wine, Lucien Le Moine Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres.  A great showing amongst some of the best white producers in Burgundy, as well as several Grand Crus.  For full notes, subscription to erobertparker.com is required.

Click on the chart below to download and look at the full results.


 
12 December 2011 News, Videos

The Hospices de Beaune is a wonderful event for a wonderful cause – you can read the background here on the auction and the Hospices itself.  Mounir Saouma, owner/oenologist of Lucien Le Moine, has become one of the largest buyers at the Hospices the last several years, as he uses it as an opportunity to bring his importers and friends together and celebrate and promote all the wonderful things about Burgundy.  Below you can see a few videos, of the Hospices itself, the tasting in the Hospices cellars, and finally a picture of the auction.

 
22nd July 2011 News

Lucien Le Moine 2008 whites show unbelievably in the August 31 issue of the Wine Spectator.  Reviews are below, and you can find a listing here of the rarefied company that Le Moine keeps.

Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet 2008 :

“A white of terrific power and density, yet stays graceful and harmonious. The honey-suckle, lemon cake, peach and mineral flavors are accented by spice, all driven by the vivid structure. The aftertaste is long and expansive, featuring citrus,spice and mineral notes. Very complex and refined. 8 cases imported ” 97 points Wine Spectator

Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres 2008:

 An extrovert, this white is powerful and complex, offering lemon, apple tart, toasted hazelnut and oak spice aromas and flavors. Turns more elegant as it crosses the finish line, lingering with spice and mineral notes. 24 cases imported.” 93 points Wine Spectator

Meursault Perrieres 2008 :

“A smoky white, yet full of floral, juniper, lime, toasted hazelnut and mineral aromas and flavors. Lean, toned and very complex, with a long aftertaste of lime, smoke and jasmine tea. There’s lovely harmony, though this needs time. 20 cases imported ” 94 points Wine Spectator


 
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.”

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Antonio Galloni