Lucien Le Moine
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru “Les Petits Monts” 2016
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru “Les Petits Monts”
Les Petits Monts is a small, 9 acre vineyard just up-slope from Richebourg. Mounir Saouma says about Les Petits Monts that it is not far from Les Suchots, and on top of Richebourg, with a poor, dry soil. It is in character the opposite of Les Suchots, which is colored and tannic – it is a subtle and very fine wine, which shows little tannin, more floral notes and more of a St-Vivant character.
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru “Les Petits Monts”
Burghound - “Notes of herbal tea, spice, black cherry and sandalwood lead to racy, intense and almost pungently mineral-driven medium weight flavors that possess a chiseled, driving and wonderfully long finish that is austere, linear and slightly lean. This is very clearly in need of extended cellaring, indeed to the point that even as good as this potentially is, I would not recommend it unless you have the express intent of keeping it for at least 10 years.”
Vinous Media - “Bright ruby-red. Spectacularly pure, high-pitched, kaleidoscopic nose combines raspberry, blood orange and white pepper. Seriously dense and powerful but extremely young and not yet showing the harmoniousness of the Beaux-Monts, which was completely destemmed. The whole-cluster element gives this wine captivating peppery energy but has not yet fully integrated with the wine’s acidity. But this beauty cleanses the palate and leaves the taste buds humming, finishing with a magical impression of weightlessness.”
Other Wines by this Producer
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
The gentleman, as Mounir calls Chevalier-Montrachet, a wine that always shows lovely definition and everything in place; classic grace.
Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru
Bâtard-Montrachet borders Montrachet on the west, and is typically a fatter, more open and more exotic wine than Chevalier-Montrachet, with less grip and a more flowery, honeyed richness.
Criots-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru
The soils in Criots are a combination of marl, clay and chalk. In fact, the word “Criots” means chalk in French. The south-east facing slope lies at an altitude of around 780 feet - slighly lower than neighboring Chevalier-Montrachet and Le Montrachet, so the slopes tend to have a higher proportion of clay. Mounir describes this wine as “a bridge between the body of Bâtard and the class of Montrachet.
Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
The commune of Aloxe-Corton, has the unusual distinction of having over half its area covered in grand cru vineyards. These occupy 298 acres divided among 19 climats which take the Corton grand cru appellation for red wines; five among these, totalling 120 acres, take the Corton-Charlemagne grand cru appellation for white wines as well as the Corton grand cru appellation for red wines.
Corton Les Grandes Lolières Grand Cru
Sometimes this cru forms part of Lucien Le Moine’s Corton Blanc, other times it is bottled separately. A cru that is not often seen, and is a red cru above all. It has an exotic spicy side to the aromas and flavors, and a broad body that maintains its precision.
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “Morgeot”
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru “La Romanée”
Mounir says that Chassagne-Montrachet “La Romanée” is, to make an analogy, the most “Puligny” wine from Chassagne. It has a lot of silkiness and sweetness, and low acidity compared to other Chassagnes; it is a very clean wine, with a particular crème brûlée character that gives way to sweet fruit.
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazées
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.