2007 Lucien Le Moine Montrachet "C" (750ml)

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94-96 points Wine Advocate

The barrel of Le Moine's 2007 Montrachet from the Chassagne side smells bitter-sweetly of honeysuckle, gardenia, and citrus oil. A deep nut past richness informs its silken-textured palate. There is less of the musky or decadent about this than one typically expects from the site, but also more of an overtly chalk-dusty mineral dimension along with fresh citrus and citrus zest pungency that lend an impression of energy. The barrel from the Puligny side didn't even begin its malo until on year of age, and was not yet completely finished (or at least, not yet gas-free) the following Spring when I tasted. But it should compliment its partner beautifully. (That said, until very late, Brakin and Saouma were undecided whether to perhaps bottle the two barrels separately.) Its honeyed, quince preserve richness is positively enveloping and seductive. Both components have in common an eloquent purity of sweet fruit and liquid perfume, and the blend will almost certainly retain a degree of chalky, saline mineral presence unusual for this appellation. I would expect the results to also merit a dozen years of reverent reconsideration. (94-96+, DS)  (12/2009)

93-95 points Vinous

From the Chassagne side: Reticent nose dominated by nutty oak. The palate shows an almost candied ripeness to the citrus liqueur, iodine and wet stone flavors. Wonderfully sweet and densely packed wine of noteworthy solidity. Mounts impressively and broadens out on the vibrant, very long finish. ST (10/2009)