I know of no one in Burgundy who speaks with more passion, articulacy, exuberance, irreverence and sometimes wild poetry about different vineyard sites than Mounir Saouma.
About The Wine
Chevalier Montrachet is the highest of the Montrachet Grand Crus on the Puligny side of the great Montrachet hill. The soils are thin and stony and lend themselves to extremely mineral expressions of Chardonnay.
One of Mounir's tiny bottlings from superb Grand Cru parcels this is a pure expression of place. The nose is incredibly restrained, unfurling slowly in the glass to reveal aromas of wet rock, honeysuckle and lemon sorbet. The palate is tensile and refined but extremely powerful. There is density, texture and length for days.
It says a lot about Mounir that many will part with precious Grand Cru simply to see Mounir work his magic on their wines. If you have the means, this is a worthy Burgundy investment that will thrill.
About Lucien Le Moine
Lucien Le Moine is a partnership between husband and wife team of Mounir and Rotem Saouma.
Theirs has been one of the most talked about negociant operations on the modern Cote D'Or. They actively source parcels from the finest Premier and Grand Cru vineyards up and down Burgundy.
Winemaking wise, they have been touted as one of the benchmark 'modernist producers', however, Mounir believes that his long, slow elevages and minimal use of sulphur harken back to the Burgundy production of an era gone by.
On their operation, Jancis Robinson wrote, "An extraordinary micro negociant in Beaune. Very serious quality." These are powerful, complex wines of imposing quality and stature.