Lucien Le Moine Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru 2016 (94 VM)
“Medium red-ruby, a bit lighter than the Clos de la Roche. Less delineated and nuanced on the nose in the early going, hinting at violet, dried rose and blood orange. Dense but quite reticent, and hiding more than it’s showing today. With aeration, notes of iron, orange zest and celery seed emerge, along with a zesty positive bitterness. Finishes with terrific inner-mouth spicy lift and a light touch. I was shocked to hear that this wine was among the highest in pH and lowest in acidity of the 2016s at Lucien Le Moine. Mounir Saouma told me that ten days ago, this wine was more presentable than the Clos de la Roche.”
Lucien Le Moine
Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru
The soils of Clos Saint Denis are very drained, and the fruit achieves a lot of ripeness and flavor Mounir calls this a humiliating wine, because your first impression is of a wine that is full of earthy, dirty notes, but when it emerges after time to breathe, or with age, it displays sweet red fruits and a sweet finish. The soil here is rich in iron and phosphorous, giving this wine a contrast between dirty and sweet.
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.