Lucien Le Moine

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2016

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

The largest Grand Cru in the Côte-de-Nuits, at 125 acres, Clos de Vougeot possesses differing soil structures and expositions and, notably, a large number of growers. The top of the vineyard features soils of pebbly limestone, which become marl further down the slope, and finally more alluival at the 23 bottom. Notoriously variable, from the best producers Clos de Vougeot produces generous, complex wines that can stand alongside any Grand Cru Burgundies.

Color

Red

Grape Varieties

Pinot Noir

Appellation

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

Reviews

Wine Spectator - "Black cherry and blackberry compote flavors hold court in this fruit-filled red, gaining complexity from graphite and chalk notes. Firm and sinewy on the finish, where the dense tannins reign. All the components are there, but this needs time."  

Vinous Media - “Good dark red. Sexy dark berries and musky black cherry on the nose. Juicy and imploded on the palate. with its dark berry and smoke flavors communicating a rather cool character and little in the way of easy sweetness. Showing a bit less energy in the early going than the Clos Saint-Denis. Saouma says the fatness comes from the top of the Clos, and the coolness from the bottom. One of the most austere of these 2016s today; am I underrating this wine’s complexity?”

Burghound - “This is very ripe, indeed to the point where the cassis, warm earth and softly floral-scented aromas exhibit hints of mocha. In much the same fashion as the Clos St. Denis there is a relatively sleek mouth feel to the solidly intense and muscular larger-scaled flavors that possess a lovely sense of harmony and excellent complexity on the lingering finish that is a bit less youthfully austere than usual.”

Trade Materials

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Montrachet Grand Cru

Montrachet Grand Cru

No superlatives need be stated here about Montrachet. Mounir has worked in several areas of Montrachet, both on the Pernand and the Chassagne side, and has even once bottled them separately. He does not produce a Montrachet every year, only when he feels it will be worthy of the vineyard’s renown, and can stand at the pinnacle of his white wines.

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru

The gentleman, as Mounir calls Chevalier-Montrachet, a wine that always shows lovely definition and everything in place; classic grace.

Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru

Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru

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Criots-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru

Criots-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru

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Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

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Corton Les Grandes Lolières Grand Cru

Corton Les Grandes Lolières Grand Cru

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Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Morgeot”

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Morgeot”

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Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “La Romanée”

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “La Romanée”

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Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Embrazées"

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazées

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Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “La Grande Montagne”

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “La Grande Montagne”

This tiny vineyard is located - as the name suggests - on the steep hillside of the same name just west of Chassagne-Montrachet. La Grande Montagne itself is the most southerly of the limestone hills which make up the Côte d’Or escarpment. It is located in the heart of the band of the best Chassagne 1er Crus at the top of the slope that includes Grandes Ruchottes, la Romanée and Caillerets.