2013 Lucien Le Moine Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Amoureuses"

SKU #1263569 97-98 points James Suckling

 This is pure and powerful with a muscular structure plus gorgeous fruit and tannins. Long and beautiful. Lots of dried fruit, spice and earth too.  (6/2015)

93-96 points Vinous

 Bright, dark red. Knockout perfume of raspberry, orange zest and flowers. Boasts outstanding precision and lift to its flavors of red berries, mint, rushed stone and rose petal. Impeccably balanced wine with an impression of weightlessness. The ineffable rising finish leaves the taste buds quivering. Great class and verve here. An outstanding premier cru. (ST)  (1/2015)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Don't Miss! Outstanding* A spicy, cool and markedly restrained nose of spice, tea, dried flowers and red currant is less expressive than either of its two Chambolle 1er counterparts though it is at once more elegant and more complex. The ultra-refined, intense and intensely mineral-driven medium weight flavors seem to vibrate with energy before gracefully culminating in an equally pure, refined, dusty and gorgeously complex finale. While this can't match the size, weight and power of the best grands crus, this is a jaw droppingly pretty exercise in harmony and transparency.  (8/2015)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Easily Mounir's finest Chambolle premier cru, the 2013 Chambolle-Musigny les Amoureuses 1er Cru has a very elegant bouquet with plush red cherry and strawberry coulis underlaid by fine minerals. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp tannin, quite structured and more masculine that you would expect and a sappy, cola-tinged finish. This just sashays across the senses with an air of confidence. (NM)  (6/2015)

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Chambolle Musigny

- A charming village in the Côte de Nuits, north of Clos Vougeot. Mostly red (and very little white) wine from limestone-dominated soil makes the communes' wine silky, with finesse rather than density. The wines are known for their aromatic purity and elegance. The Grands Crus are Musigny and Bonnes Mares.