2007 Lucien Le Moine Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru "Les Vaucrains"

SKU #1272349 91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 ***Outstanding*** A heavily reduced nose renders it impossible to accurately read though the big, rich, powerful and solidly muscled flavors possess good density and real volume as well as a subtle hint of minerality on the vibrant and explosive finish that delivers the best length of any of these Nuits 1ers. This is very Vaucrains in terms of size and weight yet it's not a monster.  (4/2009)

90-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The two barrels of Le Moine 2007 Nuits St.-Georges Les Vaucrains display plum and lingonberry fruit of a sweeter sort than one encounters in most of its stable mates, here laced with soy, salt, and meat juices. A stronger sense of mineral dimensions may emerge after bottling, but this certainly offers an opportunity to appreciate the character of its site in immediately user-friendly form, or to follow the wine for a half dozen or so years. (JS)  (6/2010)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A broad, muscular style, with scents of bacon fat, smoke and spice that lead to cherry and chocolate flavors. This is firm and wrapped tight in a grip of fine tannins. There's fine length, so give this time. Best from 2014 through 2025. 20 cases imported. (BS)  (5/2010)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full red. Sappy red cherry and flowers on the nose, with an almost liqueur-like candied quality. Then fat, rich and sweet if a bit reduced, with red berry and cherry flavors dominating. A bit clenched and less sharply delineated than the Saint-Georges but impeccably balanced, sweet and long, and quite suave on the palate-saturating aftertaste.  (3/2009)

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Nuits Saint Georges

- A long, narrow appellation, and the southernmost commune of importance in the Côtes de Nuits. Nuits St. Georges tend to be sturdy, muscular wines, which are tannic in their youth. There are no Grands Cru in the town, but several Premier Cru vineyards. The wines from the north side of the village, towards Vosne-Romanée are distinctly different in character than those from the southern vineyards. The vineyards traditionally among the best are in the South, including Cailles, Vaucrains, St. Georges, and Argillières. These vineyards are on deep brown limestone. The northern vineyards, on the other side of the river Meuzin, have more in common with those of Vosne Romanée. The vineyards are composed of pebbles and limestone, and the wines have more of the finesse and elegance of Vosne, but with the structure of Nuits St. Georges.