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2011 Lucien Le Moine - Charmes-Chambertin

FRANCE / BURGUNDY / GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN
  • 94 WA
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 70580-2011
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    (a blend of true Charmes and Mazoyeres): Medium red. Musky, subtle aromas of black cherry, crushed stone and game. Precise and light on its feet, with intense, vibrant cherry and raspberry flavors lifted by sappy minerality and a floral element. Classy, juicy wine with lovely finishing persistence and lift. A superb showing.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2013
  • Burghound | Rating: 94

    Reduction masks the nose though there is a really lovely mouth feel to the medium-bodied flavors courtesy of the unusually fine-grained tannins. There is even a lacy quality that is enhanced by the plentiful amounts of palate coating dry extract that also serves to buffer the tannins. So while this will certainly be capable of amply rewarding longer-term aging, this is one of the few among these grands crus that should be approachable young.
    Author: Allen Meadows
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2011 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has an endearing strawberry pastille bouquet that is very pure and sensual. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, pitch perfect acidity and a succulent, sappy black cherry and blueberry finish that is long and citrus fresh. Excellent. Drink 2016-2033.
    Author: Neal Martin
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    Burgundy is home to some of the greatest and most expensive wines in the world. Stretching from Auxerre in the north to Lyon in the south, the region's most famous section is the limestone-rich Côte d'Or. Vineyards in Burgundy are classified according to their locations on the hillsides. Only 2% of total production is from grand cru sites, while premier cru and village-level wines are more common. It is rare for one domaine to own an entire vineyard; rather the land has been divided down to individual rows, in some cases as a result of inheritance laws. While other varieties can be found in Burgundy, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reign supreme. The best examples are capable of aging for 15 years or more, a rarity for these two varieties, making them highly valuable. 

    Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.

    Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from Burgundy, where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

    New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

    High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.

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    • 13 bottles owned
    • 4 collectors