Lucien Le Moine Romanée Saint Vivant 2008

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The illustrious Pinot Noir vineyard of Romanée-Saint-Vivant is a Grand Cru site which lies in Vosne-Romanée. Romanée Saint-Vivant is an L-shaped vineyard consisting of three square parcels which lie below Romanée Conti and Le Richebourg just above the village. It is the silkiest, most delicate of the commune's grands cru's, with the perfectly expressed elegance of the Pinot Noir. It is typically a harmoniously subtle wine of balance and refinement, with a bouquet of earth, spices and berries and a texture of great finesse typical of this cru. For viticultural purposes, the adjacent communes of Vosne-Romanée and Flagey-Echézeaux are considered to be one in the Côte de Nuits. Flagey-Echézeaux is bordered by Chambolle-Musigny and Clos-Vougeot; and Vosne-Romanée is bordered by Nuits-Saint-Georges. Between the two areas, they are the home of seven grand cru vineyards, arguably the greatest of the Côte d'Or. La Tâche, Romanée- Conti, La Romanée, Le Richebourg, and Romanée-Saint-Vivant all lie in Vosne-Romanée; and Grands-Echézeaux and Echézeaux are in Flagey-Echézeaux.
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
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Wine AdvocateThe lone barrel of Le Moine 2008 Romanee St.-Vivant (half of the previous year's production, it will be sadly noted) explodes from the glass with an entire garden's worth of flowers - heliotrope, narcissus, and hibiscus being noteworthy - allied to blueberry and cassis. In its floral and fruit profusion this is like the alter-ego of the Gaudichots, and displays a subtler sense of minerality, suggesting salt, kelp, and peat. This is velvety in texture, seemingly effortlessly refined, pure-fruited, vibrant, buoyant, and transparent to myriad nuances, so that the finish fascinates like watching a shower of petals or a cloud of butterflies. And I predict that this will still be flying high 20 years from now.

David Schildknecht, June 2010