Lucien Le Moine Nuits Saint Georges Les Vaucrains 2008
Lucien Le Moine
The commune of Nuits-Saint-Georges is the southernmost commune of the Côte de Nuits, and includes, from a viticultural standpoint, the small adjoining commune of Prémeaux-Prissey. There are 431 acres of vineyards which take this appellation at the village level, of which 29 are in Prémeaux. Of the premier cru vineyards, numbering 36, 28 vineyards occupy 248 acres in Nuits-Saint-Georges; the remaining eight, in Prémeaux, cover 104 acres. The Les Vaucrains is a vineyard of 15 acres lying up-slope at 260-280 meters in the south part of Prémeaux. Mounir explains that "Les Vaucrains" is high in the hills, and a classic, balanced, and pure example of Nuits-Saint-Georges. It is one of his favorite Premier Crus in Burgundy.
The two barrels of Le Moine 2008 Nuits St.-Georges Les Vaucrains are memorably scented with game, smoky-sweet machine oil, hibiscus, heliotrope, and black raspberry preserves, which then inform a rich yet brightly and beautifully focused palate, leading to a finish of cut and complexity, its animal and mineral dimensions as fascinating as they are hard to pin-down in words. Overall, this silken-textured cru is more forward and winsome than its Les St.-Georges counterpart, and while I would not be surprised if it rewards two decades of cellaring, I suspect it will not insist on bottle aging.Score: 93-94. —David Schildknecht, June 2010.
Exuding ripe, effusive cherry, raspberry and boysenberry aromas and flavors, this is underscored by a vein of mineral. There's great tension, balance and structure, so give this time to show all its facets. Terrific length. Best from 2013 through 2025. 20 cases imported.Score: 93. —Bruce Sanderson, June 15, 2011.
A background hint of wood does not compromise the clear reading of the equally pungent and complex nose that is much more animale in character and this character also suffuses the textured, powerful and precise big-bodied flavors that, like the Les Cailles, also lean out somewhat on the otherwise linear and exceptionally long finish. Also like the Les Cailles, my predicted range assumes with this will flesh out with more time in barrel. Score Range: 89-92. Drink: 2018+Score: 92. —Allen Meadows, April 18, 2010.
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