2015 Lucien Le Moine Chambolle Musigny "Les Amoureuses" 1er Cru

SKU #1351181 99 points James Suckling

 This phenomenal wine takes you to another place with its fruit, earth, sweet-tobacco and tea-leaf character. It has great structure but you don’t know where it is. A ethereal wine in every sense. Drink whenever you can get it.  (2/2018)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A restrained, elegant and admirably pure nose reluctantly offers up beautifully layered aromas of red and dark berry liqueur, lilac, spiced tea and a hint of sandalwood. There is a vaguely exotic character to the rich and impressively concentrated flavors that display ample minerality on the sappy, balanced and strikingly persistent finish. This is an exercise in harmony and understatement though make no mistake, there is a firm tannic spine underlying the grace and lace mouth feel and as such, this is going to require plenty of cellar time.  (4/2017)

93-95 points Vinous

 Dark red-ruby. Very ripe, perfumed scents of blackberry, black raspberry, licorice and violet. At once thick and sharply delineated, conveying an impression of creamy depth to its flavors of black fruits, tropical bitter chocoate and violet. In a distinctly ripe style for Amoureuses despite the fact that these vines were picked early (the malolactic fermentation was very late). But this wine, notes Saouma, has been perfectly balanced from the start. He described it as "a gentleman, from a happy piece of land." He also told me that "this is the only wine you won't need to cafare. Why? Because I'm not going to sell it!" A small percentage of stems has no doubt contributed to the wine's impression of energy and definition. (ST)  (1/2017)

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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.
Country:

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.
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.
Specific Appellation:

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.