Lucien Le Moine Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru “Les Vaucrains” 2016 (95 VM)
“Bright, full ruby. Lively aromas of black fruits and violet are given an airy quality by limestone lift. Juicy, penetrating and a bit youthfully imploded, with its rich flavors of blackberry, black cherry and bitter chocolate enlivened by strong mineral energy. Finishes very long and firmly tannic, with a structure to support extended aging. Mounir Saouma said he’s likely to bottle this wine toward the end. Offers a sexy sweetness but comes across as less extreme than the Boudots, and showing less baby fat. Exciting potential here.”
Lucien Le Moine
Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru “Les Vaucrains”
The commune of Nuits-Saint-Georges is the southernmost commune of the Côte de Nuits, and includes, from a viticultural standpoint, the small adjoining commune of Prémeaux-Prissey. There are 431 acres of vineyards which take this appellation at the village level, of which 29 are in Prémeaux. Of the 1er Cru vineyards, numbering 36, 28 vineyards occupy 248 acres in Nuits-Saint-Georges; the remaining eight, in Prémeaux, cover 104 acres. The Les Vaucrains is a vineyard of 15 acres lying upslope at 260-280 meters in the south part of Prémeaux.
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.