2012 Charmes Chambertin Lucien Le Moine



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Average critic rating : 92.5 points

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Reduction and pungent wood presently comprise the nose. This is also very supple, round and almost soft though there is good size, weight and yet again, a sense of refinement to the middle weight plus flavors that exhibit a discreet minerality on the balanced and persistent finish that is certainly delicious if not quite as complex as the finest of these Gevrey grands crus. Tasted: Apr 15, 2014. Drink: 2022+

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92-94

The 2012 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a ripe redcurrant and cranberry-scented bouquet that is full and voluminous. The palate is ripe and sweet with a candied core of strawberry fruit and a long succulent finish. This is a quintessential Charmes-Chambertin in the making, harmonious and poised. ||It is always a pleasure to visit the indefatigable Mounir Saouma at his hideaway winery just off the Beaune periphique. He is a winemaker you can jest with, and he is often victim of my sardonic Essex humor (for example, when enthusing about obtaining one of five barrels of a premier cru, I dryly enquired whether the other four were sold off for distillation - I would not say that to Aubert de Villaine.) And I appreciate Mounir's wines. They used to taste a little too fat and almost over-powering in their youth, but I think he is fine-tuning his reductive winemaking style, achieving more freshness and vitality. I tasted his 2012 reds since the whites were still undergoing malolactic. Among the tidal wave of opinions, one that he emphasized was that to capture the quality of the vintage under cork, the wines should be bottled late, and not in spring when Burgundy will resound to the clinking of glass. Mounir also told me that he paid 50% more from wines in 2012 than in 2011, but that he intends to keep prices within 15% increase. Wine Advocate.February, 2014

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