Lucien Le Moine Romanée Saint Vivant 2008
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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."
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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.