Lucien Le Moine

Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru 2016

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.

Color

Red

Grape Varieties

Pinot Noir

Appellation

Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru

Reviews

Vinous Media - “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.”

Burghound - “Firm reduction also dominates the nose. There isn’t the same power, size and weight to the less imposingly-scaled flavors compared to those of the Clos de la Roche but as one might expect, the beautifully complex finish is finer and more understated though almost as serious and structured with the same outstanding length. There is a touch of unintegrated wood sticking out on the finish but it should be absorbed in time.”

Trade Materials

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