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E. Guigal

Saint-Joseph Lieu Dit Rouge 2016

Saint-Joseph

A result of its quality, Guigal’s Saint-Joseph Lieu Dit Rouge comes from the “Saint-Joseph” vineyard that gives the appellation its name. This site convinced the Guigals to work in Saint-Joseph and help to restore the historic perception of Saint-Joseph as an appellation of utmost quality. The 100% Syrah wine has complex and deep black fruit, floral, spice and mineral characteristics. Despite its concentration and powerful attack, the wine retains the trademark elegance that Saint-Joseph offers.

Wine Spectator "Warm in feel, with a velvety display of enticing plum sauce and cherry preserve notes that meld with ganache, melted licorice and mesquite flavors through the slightly exotic finish. Stays…

James Suckling "A bold, brassy nose with so much licorice, graphite and cedary oak, linked by red plums and blueberries. The palate has a band of ripe, smooth and supple fruit with…

Vinous Media “Bright purple. Powerful black/blue fruit, incense, exotic spice, olive and peony scents show excellent clarity and pick up a smoky mineral note as the wine stretches out. Sweet, seamless and…

E. Guigal

Saint-Joseph Lieu Dit Rouge 2015

Saint-Joseph

A result of its quality, Guigal’s Saint-Joseph Lieu Dit Rouge comes from the “Saint-Joseph” vineyard that gives the appellation its name. This site convinced the Guigals to work in Saint-Joseph and help to restore the historic perception of Saint-Joseph as an appellation of utmost quality. The 100% Syrah wine has complex and deep black fruit, floral, spice and mineral characteristics. Despite its concentration and powerful attack, the wine retains the trademark elegance that Saint-Joseph offers.

Jeb Dunnuck “The 2015 Saint Joseph Lieu Dit Saint Joseph boasts a huge nose of black raspberry and cassis fruit intermixed with lots of spice, roasted meats, pepper, and herbs. Thick, unctuous…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Saint-Joseph Lieu-Dit Rouge 2015 Tech Sheet (94 JD)

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Chablis 1er Cru “Montmains” 2016

Chablis 1er Cru “Montmains”

Vinous Media “Pungent herbs, lemon zest and marzipan on the nose. Superb intensity and inner-mouth lift to the flavors of green apple, green flowers and green melon. Juicy, concentrated, sappy and very…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Corton Renardes Grand Cru 2016

Corton Renardes Grand Cru

Corton Renardes displays the sweet side of Corton, as opposed to Corton Bressandes. It has more viscosity, more tannin, color and sweetness than Bressandes. It is both an easier wine to understand that Corton Bresandes, and more immediately attractive.

Vinous Media “Bright ruby-red color. Distinctly wild aromas and flavors of black raspberry, game birds and animal fur. Plush, dense and fine-grained, showing more early personality than the Bressandes despite the fact…

Burghound “Reduction rules the fruit today. Otherwise there is an intense minerality that suffuses the powerful and extract-rich broad-shouldered flavors that are muscular and overtly rustic before terminating in a focused,…

E. Guigal

Saint Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice 2017

Saint-Joseph

Guigal’s Vignes de l’Hospice is one of the finest sites in the Northern Rhone Valley. This steeply terraced vineyard used to be divided into three, but Guigal now owns majority of this parcel in order to restore perception of Saint-Joseph as an appellation of utmost quality. In fact, Guigal is often asked when they will produce a fourth “LaLa,” and their response is that their fourth single vineyard phenomenon of the Northern Rhone is already being produced: the Vignes de l’Hospice.

Wine Advocate "Marked by scents of tar and black olives, cedar and clove, blackberries and cassis, the 2017 Saint-Joseph Vignes de l'Hospice is the most complex, structured and age worthy of the…

Wine & Spirits Magazine "The Guigals never intended to buy land in St-Joseph, until they saw the parcels that Jean-Louis Grippat was offering them upon his retirement: The vines in Vignes de l’Hospice occupy…

Wine Spectator "A polished and toasty style, with vanilla bean and signed mesquite accents draped over a core of very substantial dark cherry and plum fruit. Fruitcake and licorice frame the finish,…

Jeb Dunnuck "I loved the 2017 Saint Joseph Vignes De L'Hospice from barrel and it doesn't disappoint from bottle. Revealing a deep ruby/plum color as well as spicy, exotic notes of crème…

E. Guigal

Saint Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice 2014

Saint-Joseph

Guigal’s Vignes de l’Hospice is one of the finest sites in the Northern Rhone Valley. This steeply terraced vineyard used to be divided into three, but Guigal now owns majority of this parcel in order to restore perception of Saint-Joseph as an appellation of utmost quality. In fact, Guigal is often asked when they will produce a fourth “LaLa,” and their response is that their fourth single vineyard phenomenon of the Northern Rhone is already being produced: the Vignes de l’Hospice.

Wine Spectator “Solid, with an alluring core of lightly steeped plum, anise, blackberry and boysenberry flavors that rolls through, picking up dark tea and warm fruitcake hints along the way. Shows a…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Saint-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice 2014 Tech Sheet (94 WS)

E. Guigal

Saint Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice 2015

Saint-Joseph

Guigal’s Vignes de l’Hospice is one of the finest sites in the Northern Rhone Valley. This steeply terraced vineyard used to be divided into three, but Guigal now owns majority of this parcel in order to restore perception of Saint-Joseph as an appellation of utmost quality. In fact, Guigal is often asked when they will produce a fourth “LaLa,” and their response is that their fourth single vineyard phenomenon of the Northern Rhone is already being produced: the Vignes de l’Hospice.

Jeb Dunnuck "I was able to taste three vintages of the Vignes de Hospice. This cuvée comes from a cooler, east-facing, incredibly gorgeous vineyard located just above the town of Tournon. The…

Related Materials: E. Guigal Saint-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice 2015 Tech Sheet

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 2016

Corton Bressandes Grand Cru

Vinous Media “Bright, full red. Very ripe aromas of plum, raspberry, strawberry and smoky minerality. Plush and fine-grained, with fresh red fruit flavors complemented by deeper saline and soil tones. The wine’s…

Burghound “A pure, super-fresh and airy nose is comprised by the essence of red currant that is liberally laced with notes earth, spice, violet and a hint of lavender. The bigger,…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Beaune 1er Cru “Le Clos des Mouches” Rouge 2016

Beaune 1er Cru “Le Clos des Mouches” Rouge

Burghound “A discreet touch of wood sets off the pretty and well-layered aromas of both red and dark pinot, floral and lovely spice elements. The suave, rich and caressing medium-bodied flavors…

Vinous Media “Healthy medium-deep red. Expressive aromas of red and black cherry and flowers convey the site’s high altitude. Juicy and sharply delineated, with its medicinal flavors of black cherry and bitter…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Morgeot” Rouge 2016

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Morgeot” Rouge

Vinous Media “Bright, dark red. Lively aromas of black raspberry, black cherry and violet. Distinctly dark in its flavors, with notes of cassis, black cherry, menthol and dark chocolate conveying a slightly…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Pommard 1er Cru “Les Epenots” 2016

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.

Vinous Media “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…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Pommard 1er Cru “Les Grands Epenots” 2016

Pommard 1er Cru “Les Grands Epenots”

The 25 acre Les Grands Epenots vineyard is considered by some one of the very finest climats in Pommard. The fruit for Lucien Le Moine’s “Les Grands Epenots” comes from higher up in the vineyard leading to a classic and very fine expression. The vineyard is higher, it has better drainage, and there is more limestone, resulting in a wine that is both silkier and more easygoing than “Les Epenots.”

Burghound “Here too the super-fresh nose is expressive with a redder fruit profile that is laced with plenty of earth and spice along with a hint of wood. The more refined…

Vinous Media “Bright, dark red. Less purely black on the nose than the Epenots, showing enticing spicy lift to its raspberry and mint aromas. At once sweet and brisk in the mouth,…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Pommard 1er Cru “Les Rugiens” 2016

Pommard 1er Cru “Les Rugiens”

Burghound “A slightly riper yet still very fresh nose is more deeply pitched with its array of cassis, plum, black cherry and a whiff of the sauvage. There is a lovely…

Vinous Media “Bright ruby-red. Highly nuanced nose melds aromas of cherry, raspberry, flint and tobacco lifted by white pepper and rose petal; one feels the red soil influence here. Delivers a winning…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Volnay 1er Cru “Santenots” 2016

Volnay 1er Cru “Santenots”

The Santenots vineyard comprises about 56 acres. Down in Meursault, actually in the village of Meursault, Santenots is really planted on white wine soils. Sometimes you can even find the smokiness of Meursault in the wines. They are light and fruity wines, easily gliding through the palate because they don’t have firm structure.

Burghound “A very spicy nose reflects notes of plum, violet and Asian-style tea. There is fine concentration to the vibrant middle weight flavors possess both good intensity and minerality as well…

Vinous Media “Full, deep red; a bit less bright than the Clos des Chènes. Somewhat lower-toned on the nose, with aromas of raspberry, strawberry and Damson plum jam complemented by mellow soil…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Volnay 1er Cru Pitures Dessus 2016

Volnay 1er Cru Pitures Dessus

Vinous Media “Bright, dark red with ruby tones. Complex nose offers aromas of dark raspberry, black cherry and smoky soil, along with an element of sweet oak. Juicy and tight, but with…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Volnay 1er Cru “Clos des Chênes” 2016

Volnay 1er Cru “Clos des Chênes”

Clos des Chênes is a Premier cru site located at the southern end of Volnay. It is just up the hill from neighboring Les Caillerets, but is opposite in style: Clos des Chênes is typically a fuller wine than les Caillerets, with more body, tannins, depth and spice.

Wine Advocate (92+) “The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes unwinds in the glass with a deep bouquet of cassis, plums, incense and smoked meats, framed by a generous application of spicy…

Burghound “A well-layered nose combines notes of red and dark currant, spice and a pretty hint of lavender. The denser, serious and more powerful big-bodied flavors brim with both dry extract…

Vinous Media “Dark red-ruby. More serious on the nose than the Pitures Dessus, with its currant, chocolate, menthol and oak aromas complicated by a mineral quality. Sappy and chewy on the palate,…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Richebourg Grand Cru 2016

Richebourg Grand Cru

Vinous Media “Bright medium ruby. Initially closed nose opened somewhat with air to reveal powerful aromas of dark berries, black cherry, menthol, crushed rock, tobacco, violet and peat. Extremely primary and deep…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru 2016

Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru

Burghound “There is plenty of herbal tea influence surrounding the subtly spiced aromas of red and dark pinot fruit. The middle weight flavors are at once racy and lacy with excellent…

Vinous Media “Bright ruby-red. Knockout, spectacularly lifted aromas of black raspberry, cocoa powder, cappuccino, rose petal and white chocolate. Wonderfully sweet, dense and seamless, with excellent delineation to its flavors of dark…

Lucien Le Moine

Lucien Le Moine Grands Échezeaux Grand Cru 2016

Grands Échezeaux Grand Cru

Grands Échézeaux is a 23 acre vineyard, one that only recently Lucien Le Moine has started working with to produce wines that show unusual subtlety and harmony. Mounir describes Grands Échézeaux 22 as the “Les Amoureuses” of Vosne. It sits between Échézeaux and Clos de Vougeot, which are big and tannic, but Grands Échézeaux is very balanced and straight - nothing is exaggerated.

Burghound “Here there is no reductive funk as the restrained but very complex nose offers up a wide range of spice elements that include notes of hoisin, Asian-style tea, cassis and…

Vinous Media “Full, bright ruby. Higher-toned and considerably more expressive on the nose than the Echézeaux, offering aromas of black raspberry, licorice and violet along with suggestions of more exotic ripeness. Densely…

Lucien Le Moine

Échezeaux Grand Cru 2016

Échezeaux Grand Cru

Lucien Le Moine has been producing one of the very finest examples of Échézeaux for several years running. Mounir says that you can make the analogy that Échézeaux is the syrah of Burgundy. On the Flagey side there is a flat exposition and the limestone is not as evident. As a result the wine has a licorice, smoky note which almost brings you to the Côte-Rôtie.

Wine Advocate (94+) “The 2016 Echézeaux Grand Cru wafts from the glass with a deep bouquet of smoked meats, cassis, blackberries, incense and rich soil tones. On the palate, it's full-bodied, velvety and…

Vinous Media “Good medium ruby. Inviting aromas of black raspberry, tobacco, gingerbread and honey. Large-scaled, saline Echézeaux in a rather cool style, conveying modest sweetness but excellent focus. Very concentrated but youthfully…

Burghound “Moderate reduction masks the fruit today. There is an excellent sense of underlying tension to the almost racy medium-bodied flavors that possess fine delineation on the firm, youthfully austere and…