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Neal Martin, February 2014,
The 2012 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru has a dark berry, wild strawberry and yellow plum-scented nose that is more predictable but perhaps better defined than the Clos Saint Denis. The palate is fleshy and rounded on the entry. It is interwoven with fine acidity and it shows great length, seguing into its tender and feminine on the finish. It is deceptively complex and one of Lucien le Moine's best 2012s.
Antonio Galloni, January 2014,
The 2012 Clos de La Roche is attractive, but it's also a bit monolithic. Menthol, crushed rocks, smoke, spices, anise and earthy notes add complexity to the fruit. There is plenty of energy and power in the glass, but less in the way of elegance or finesse, at least today. Drink 2024-2045
Burghound, April 2014,
Reduction. In much the same fashion as the Clos St. Denis this displays a relatively refined mouth feel thanks to the fine grain of the tannins and while this isn't quite as fine, I would describe this as more elegant than the typical example of Clos de la Roche. There is good power and plenty of punch to the broad-shouldered and solidly well-concentrated flavors that possess a supple mid-palate and fine length if not quite the depth of its stable mate. Drink 2023+
Stephen Tanzer, January 2014,
Good medium red. Musky raspberry, brown spices, crushed stone and smoky minerality on the nose; an essence of Morey-Saint-Denis. Sappy, saline and highly concentrated, with an urgent crushed raspberry flavor complicated by minerals, spices and underbrush. The spicy character builds on the very long, slowly mounting aftertaste, with ripe tannins covered by fruit.
Lucien le Moine
Lucien Lemoine is the name of the micro-negociant operation founded by Lebanese husband and wife team Mounir and Rotem Saouma. Mounir used to live and work in a monastery but left to study Oeonology and pursue his passion for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Several years living and working in Burgundy helped Mounir learn the ropes while wife Rotem orientated her studies in Dijon towards wine. Mounir's time in the Cistercian monastery is the inspiration behind the name of their operation: 'le Moine' means monk in French and Lucien was the name given to him by the monks. Lucien Le Moine sources exclusively premier cru or grand cru vineyard parcels and raises them in their vaulted cellars in Beaune, bringing a maximum of 100 barrels to the market each year.
Clos de la Roche
The finest and biggest Grand Cru red wine appellation in Burgundy's Morey-St-Denis, on the Côte deNuits, covering 16.9ha. Clos de la Roche's soils are rich in marl which gives more body, depth and ageing potential to its wines than most other vineyards. Wines from Clos de la Roche tend to be powerful and full bodied with black fruit aromas and flavours, developing rich, gamey characters with age.