2016 Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru Lucien Le Moine Burgundy Red

St Barth’s Wine

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.

Latricières is often thought of as a “sturdy” Gevrey-Chambertin Grand Cru, Le Moine’s 2014 has an overtly elegant side that comes through, surprising and exceptionally promising.

Bright, dark ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, licorice, black pepper and menthol; one feel the grape skins here. Dense, sappy, tactile and strong; expressive in terms of its sweetness but a bit imploded in its texture. Boasts serious medicinal reserve and weightlessness to its cassis and black cherry flavors. Finishes with firm, suave tannins and slowly mounting, echoing length. It has the backbone for extended aging.

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