Lucien Le Moine Pommard 1er Cru “Les Epenots” 2016 (93 VM)
“Deep medium ruby. Very ripe aromas of crème de cassis, black cherry and smoke. Fat, chewy wine with lovely depth and fullness to its black fruit flavors. Very ripe but still a bit reduced, even youthfully stunted, and in need of more élevage to show more nuance, clarity and lift. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins and spreading flavors of kirsch and cherry pit.”
Lucien Le Moine
Pommard 1er Cru “Les Epenots”
The commune of Pommard lies on a slope descending from Beaune, to the north, to Volnay, to the south. Of Pommard’s 832 acres of vineyards, 309 are ranked 1er Cru over 24 climats. Les Epenots is by far the largest of Pommard’s premiers crus, with 75.5 acres. The vineyard for Lucien Le Moine’s Les Epenots has a clay and humidic soil, down on the bottom of the hill. It is compact soil, with not a lot of drainage. The wines as a result are very tannic, and need time. Les Epenots is a very powerful Pommard, with a lot of depth and muscle, and plum and spice notes. It is, as Mounir says, almost Bordeaux-like.
In two decades of work, Lucien Le Moine has become one of the most talked about Burgundy producers, making some of the most sought after wines from the region. The approach is extreme – two people, together doing everything by hand, working with a dazzling array of Burgundy’s great terroirs.