2008 1er Cru Les Saint Georges Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Nuits Saint Georges
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Les Saint Georges

Mineral and very fresh, bright and firm, but really showing a bit 'shut-down' when I tasted, and I'd hope for more volume in the January tastings. L&S (Dec 2009)

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Coffee bean note and cocoa powder. I like the nose. Good intensity. There are herbal notes on the strike, but with freshness and energy. It is quite engaging. Orange zest and even a touch of the bitter pith, in an attractive way. It is not ridiculous after the 2009. Very zesty. It is not long, but it is engaging. There is even a touch of blackcurrant sweetness at the end. I like it much more than the 2011. It is between the fruit and the forest as it is evolving. I like it much more than the 2011. Rating: 17.85 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Nov 2017)

(30% vendange entier Bright, full red. Very ripe and complex if reduced nose offers cherry liqueur, game, leather, minerals and brown spices. Sweet, suave and deep, with superb balance of acidity and ripeness giving verve to the middle palate. The wild meaty character carries through the wine and is joined by mineral and leather notes on the firmly tannic finish, which really spreads out to saturate the palate. Very sexy and classic Les Saint-Georges, offering the best balance to this point between sugar and skin ripeness. "The 2005 version was too ripe and chocolatey by comparison," noted Liger-Belair. Rating: 91-94 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(Mar 2010)

There is an initial burst of dark cherried fruit laced with boysenberry and a touch of burnt toast. Good definition...but then it clams in. The palate is medium-bodied, fine tannins, supple with a touch of soy and a citric edge on the finish. This is as much a Vosne-Romanée as a Nuits. 2013-2022 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, 2010)

Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

Thibault Liger-Belair has two hectares in Les Saint Georges, the vineyard which gives Nuits the rest of its name, and 60 ares out of a total of 4 hectares of the Grand Cru Richebourg, as well as a good holding in the Clos Vougeot and some well-placed village wines. The vineyards are a good start, but it is Thibault himself who has catapulted this domaine straight into the very top echelons of Côte de Nuits domaines from his first vintage (2002). Thibault was trained as an oenologist but first worked as a wine buyer. He has come to wine making with a wide experience of wine buying, and has had the advantage of having discussed wine-making for many years, with the benefit of his oenological background, with some of the best winemakers of the world. Viticulture is biodynamic (since 2005), yields low but not ludicrously low, everything is pragmatic, so that he should be doing just what is necessary and no more. He uses 40-50% new wood maximum. The wines are bright, pure, focused, aromatic and elegant without lacking anything in the way of stuffing.

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