2015 Lucien Le Moine Bonnes Mares Grand Cru

SKU #1351179 97 points Wine Spectator

 This is packed with ripe black cherry, black currant, blueberry, stone and spice aromas and flavors, backed up by big, beefy tannins built around a pillar of acidity. A light smoky element and the recurring mineral theme leave a lasting impression. Patience is required. Best from 2024 through 2048.  (2/2018)

96 points Vinous

 Bright dark red. Aromas of black cherry, bitter chocolate, crushed rock, brown spices, blood orange and peony. Wonderfully savory, intense and wild, with its dark fruit and soil flavors given definition and grip by powerful minerality, terrific floral lift and sound acidity. Seriously tangy, structured wine with outstanding slowly mounting length and utterly noble tannins that saturate the teeth and tongue. Mounir Saouma showed me all four elements of this wine in late 2016 but blended them to make this single outstanding bottling. (ST)  (1/2018)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An agreeably fresh nose speaks of plum, red currant, earth and discreet spice wisps. There is excellent volume and mid-palate concentration to the obviously powerful and muscular flavors that are generously proportioned yet quite serious as the supporting tannins on the explosively long finish are firm to the point of making it quite clear that this will not be an especially good candidate for early consumption.  (4/2017)

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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.


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- 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.