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Expert Picks: Lucien le Moine and…Lucien Le Moine!

Posted on | December 15, 2014 | Written by Garrett Kowalsky | No Comments

Garrett_8.6.14_72dpiLucien le Moine is a fairly young Burgundy estate. Its inaugural vintage as recent as 1999, Lucien le Moine is indeed one of the “New Kids on the Block.” That being said, in no way does this newness reflect on the quality of the wines. You see, as opposed to being a domaine that grows its own vines, Lucien is a maison that purchases grapes from established vineyard sites. You might even call it a “micro-negociant.” Lucien hand-selects grapes that come only from trusted partners and 1er Cru or Grand Cru vineyard sites. While many wine-lovers will look down their nose at maisons, this estate proves that you’d be wrong to take this approach with Lucien le Moine. I’ve chosen two examples at very different ends of the price spectrum, but both are phenomenal and among the best of their ilk.

Lucien le Moine Bourgogne Rouge 2008 $43.99

All of Lucien le Moine’s fruit is selected from 1er Cru and Grand Cru vineyards, and that ultimately includes the grapes that end up in this little cuvée here. This strict selection is likely one of the reasons that six years after vintage this wine is still drinking like a champ. Drink now and for 3-4 years.

Lucien le Moine Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Amoureuses 2008 $229.99

Chambolle is often described stylistically as the “iron fist in the velvet glove.” The ’08 Lucien le Moine Amoureuses delivers on the succinct description with ripe berries and spice that begin on the nose and spread across the palate for what seems like minutes. By this time the oak from the barrels has blown off, what remains is nothing short of ethereal. Drink 2015-2025.


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