Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson reports on his prior visit to Burgundy for his much anticipated annual barrel-tasting of the young wines. The 2018 vintage was the warmest year yet for Burgundy, with average temperatures a full 2° Celsius higher than normal. As a result, the vintage became a balanced act between high sugars and ripe tannins; allowing for winemakers to carefully showcase their individual abilities.
After visiting nearly 300 esteemed estates, Sanderson recommends several of his top 2018 burgundies, including several from Lucien Le Moine . The feature includes a short interview with winemaker Mounir Saouma, who provided insight to the progress of the wines at the time of tasting “At pressing [in October], the wines showed terroir […] By March, they all tasted the same. Just now [in January] they are beginning to show the vineyard character again, the purity of each place.”
The list of recommended Lucien Le Moine wines with their anticipated scores includes the following: Bonnes Mares (95-98); Chambolle-Musigny Les Hauts Doix (92-95); Charmes-Chambertin (91-94); Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets (91-94); Chevalier-Montrachet (93-96) Echezeaux (92-95); Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers (90-93); Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaut St Jacques (91-94); Meursault Les Perrières (91-94); Nuits-St.-Georges Les St Georges (91-94); Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières (90-93)
For more information on the 2018 vintage in Burgundy and to learn more about Lucien Le Moine, read the full article HERE.2018-Burgundy-Preview_-Promising-Pinot-Noirs-and-Chardonnays-_-Wine-Spectator
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 doing everything by hand, working with a dazzling array of Burgundy’s great terroirs.