Lucien Le Moine Bonnes Mares N 2008

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SKU 13673


This Bonnes Mares is from the Morey side of this famous Grand Cru vineyard which is known for rich, ageworthy Pinot Noir wines. Mounir and Rotem Saouma established the two-person micro-négoce of Lucien Le Moine in 1999. They describe the 2008 vintage as one where the élevage was critical to each wine achieving its full potential. A very limited amount of sulfur (and in some cases, none at all) was used and that clearly played an important role because despite having ice cold cellars, the malos finished relatively early whereas in most cellars, they were late to finish. They stressed however that despite having malos that finished early they didn't touch the wines so as to allow them to develop without intervention. One other key point that Mounir made was that "you can't use essentially zero sulfur for such a long period unless you are absolutely sure that your wines are impeccably clean. This was ultra important as we really focused on working with the lees in 2008."
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Cote de Nuits
Brand Lucien Le Moine
  • wa92-94+

Wine AdvocateFramboise, sage, spruce resin, iodine, heliotrope, and faded lilies on the nose of the Le Moine barrel of 2008 Bonnes Mares -N- (its initial referring to a location straddling the sliver of this grand cru that is in Morey, and adjacent rows in Chambolle) leads to a rivetingly complex, decadently floral and medicinally herbal palate underlain by firm but fine tannins. A lip-smacking savor accompanies a long finish of berry tartness yet sweet richness, pungency and piquancy yet utmost transparency to persistent floral and mineral nuance. As with this year's other barrel of Le Moine Bonnes Mares, there is good reason to believe this will be worth following for two decades.

David Schildknecht, June 2010
  • bh89-92

BurghoundA cool, refined, pure and more elegant nose of red and dark berry fruit that includes elements of spice, earth and wet stone, all of which can be found on the very primary and fresh, sappy, detailed and focused flavors that are serious and linear though do not possess the same volume or overall depth of its southern cousin. To be sure, this is very good but on the whole, it's less interesting.

Allen Meadows