In two decades of work, Lucien Le Moine has become one of the most talked-about Burgundy producers, making some of the most sought after wines from the region. The approach is extreme – two people, together with doing everything by hand, working with a dazzling array of Burgundy’s great terroirs. In the late 1980s, Mounir Saouma’s visit to a Trappist monastery in the Middle East led to a prolonged stay during which he worked in the monastery vineyards and first learned to make wine. He subsequently studied Viticulture and Oenology in Montpellier, followed by six years working in Burgundy, other areas of France, and California.
During this time he became fascinated by traditional methods of viticulture, vinification, and aging. In 1999 he decided to push to the extreme all he had seen and experienced, and with his wife, Rotem created a small cellar dedicated to the philosophy of making wines of purity and typicity.
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. It sits between Échézeaux and Clos de Vougeot, which are big and tannic, but Grands Échézeaux is very balanced and straight - nothing is exaggerated.
Black cherry and black currant flavors are framed by sweet, toasted oak in this stylish red. Ripe and polished, with sweet fruit and bright acidity offsetting a solid base of tannins. Firms up on the finish, boding well for a long future. Fine length.
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