We were lucky to enjoy a bottle of Lucien Le Moine Clos de la Roche 2010 last night. This is absolutely outstanding work from the owners/winemakers Mounier and Rotem – it is muscular, vigorous with complex floral, earthy, peppery as well as concentrated dark fruits such as plum, dark cherries and black currant, to name a few. It is full of power and energy that would be even better if we can give the bottle an extended aging.
Lucien Le Moine never fails to amaze. A micro-negotiant that we love opening every bottle from its Grand Crus to Bourgogne, Lucien Le Moine liaises with only 1er and grand cru growers, buying in their premium grapes to produce what is currently considered one of the most highly collectible Burgundy reds and whites. They produce a wide range of wines however in minuscule quantities, usually limited to one to three barrels (300-900 bottles) per wine per year as Mounir feels that any greater production would rob him of the opportunity to give each his personal touch.
Possibly not too many bottles of Clos de la Roche left in the open market around the world, these are certainly not to be missed –
2010 Lucien Le Moine Clos de la Roche
HK$1,550 per bottle (2 bts available)
94-96 pts Wine Advocate
The 2010 Clos de la Roche, on the other hand, emphasizes focus and linearity. The wine's length alone is remarkable. Sweet red cherries, dried roses, exotic spices, smoke and licorice are some of the many notes that are woven throughout this utterly compelling, complex Clos de La Roche. The gracious, weightless finish is strikingly beautiful.
2008 Lucien Le Moine Clos de la Roche
HK$1,400 per bottle (3 bts available)
94-95 pts Wine Advocate
Brown spices, blond tobacco, sandalwood, and nutmeg mingle with red raspberry confiture on the nose of the Le Moine 2008 Clos De La Roche. A sweet, saline savor of lobster shell reduction wells up on the palate, reinforced by richness of texture. Fine layers of smoky peat and crushed stone add to the complexity and oscillating finishing dynamic of a wine almost certainly destined for 15-20 years of fascination and delight.
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