A Different Take on 2018 in Burgundy

Mounir Saouma of Lucien Le Moine often goes against the prevailing wisdom in Burgundy; a tasting of his 2018s reveals a bevy of potentially classic-rated Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays

A Different Take on 2018 in Burgundy
The couple behind Lucien Le Moine: Rotem Brakin and Mounir Saouma (Courtesy of Lucien Le Moine)
Feb 26, 2020

Senior editor Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator's lead taster for the wines of Burgundy, has just returned from France, where he visited numerous top domaines and other noteworthy properties while checking out the latest vintage.

Mounir Saouma, proprietor of the boutique négociant Lucien Le Moine in Beaune, typically interprets vintages differently than many other domaines and merchants in Burgundy. The 2018 vintage is a case in point. While many 2018s are already in bottle and some can already be found on local wine lists, the Lucien Le Moine cuvées are still resting in barrel. But a preview tasting of the 2018 Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays reveals a bevy of potentially classic-rated wines.

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