2007 Lucien le Moine Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Aux Malconsorts"

SKU #1180964 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A discreet application of oak frames very spicy and pure aromas of red currant and blue berries that carry ample influence from earth and underbrush that continues onto the rich, intense and hugely complex flavors that are impressively concentrated and seriously long. This is a very classy effort that should repay up to a decade in a cool cellar.  (4/2009)

93-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The two barrels of Le Moine 2007 Vosne-Romanee Les Malconsorts smell of brown-spiced plum and raspberry, blood orange, rosewood, and smoky black tea. Far more overtly dense and much richer than its counterpart from Les Petits Monts, it nevertheless preserves much of that wine’s remarkable sense of lift and energy. Nor are carnal or mineral dimensions short-changed in the interactive, lingering finish of this candidate for 12-15 years’ cellaring. (DS)  (6/2010)

92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. High-pitched, very pure aromas of raspberry, minerals and flowers. Juicy, pristine and penetrating, with a tangy lift but also an impressively chewy quality to the vibrant flavors of raspberry, blood orange and white pepper. Offers an uncanny balance of body and buoyancy and finishes with superb lingering perfume. Saouma was far from the only one who told me that Vosne-Romanee fared particularly well in 2007. (ST)  (4/2009)

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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.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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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.
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Vosne Romanee

- This is the top of the Côte de Nuits. Home to the famous Grand Crus of Romanée, Romanée-Conti, Romanée St. Vivant, Richebourg, La Tâche, Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux, and La Grand Rue, this village really makes you realize how much extraordinary wine can come from a tiny place. This is the home of quintessential Burgundy-deep, rich, refined and powerful.