2002 Louis Lequin Santenay 1er Cru "Le Passe-Temps"

SKU #1122673

From the Chassagne Montrachet side of the village, this vineyard has red clay, from the iron content. This comes from the desirable upper portion of the vineyard, and comes direct from the producer. It is ripe on the nose, with bright cherry notes, an earthy charcater and an interesting development of secondary aromas, with substantial acidity. Perfect with some grilled lamb on the barbecue. This is a smoking deal for ten-year old Premier Cru Burgundy, with perfect provenance, ready to drink now! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 04/2013)

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By: Shaun Green |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/15/2013  | Send Email
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Here's a chance to get ready to drink red Burgundy at a great price. Very Chassagne-like in style, this Santenay nonetheless shows a wonderfully rich texture for a 2002. The nose is exceptionally round and supple with a nice minerally note and lightly spiced. On the palate the wine still shows a lovely texture with a nice structure of fine tannins and minerals with a light touch of earth while maintaining the wonderful sweet cherry richness the nose promised. It absolutely calls out for lambchops on the grill, .
Drink from 2013 to 2016

By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/10/2013  | Send Email
Incredible find from our buyers. A 2002 Burgundy showing at its peak! The beautiful garnet color let's us know of its age, followed by an array of tertiary aromas, brown sugar, cinnamon spices, plums and a touch of leather. It is a light/medium, quite delicate bodied wine to be appreciated slowly.

By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/10/2013  | Send Email
This 2002 has reached its secondary stage of development, showing characteristics of leather, cigar box and smoky meats. It has lovely ripe cherry and strawberry compote flavors on the palate. The wine finishes long with tertiary notes of damp forest floor and loam. It's rare to get such a pristine example of a bottle aged wine from the winery at such a great price.

By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/3/2013  | Send Email
This charming, slightly earthy Santenay Premier Cru has delightful secondary development, but retains a bright, fresh fruit profile and a pretty cherry note. For 10 year old Burgundy, this is such a smoking deal I am amazed we managed to get it!
Top Value!

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 5/26/2013 
A gorgeous ruby in the glass. Solid nose of red raspberry, smoky clay soil & spice. Loads of bright red fruit, tons of acid & a spine of tannin to balance it out. Juicy & lip smacking red fruit!

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.