CLOS DE LA ROCHE
2012 Grand Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Morey Saint Denis|
|Vineyard||Clos de la Roche|
50% whole bunch here, all new wood, yet no wood taste discernable. I love the purity and directed length of this. Fantastic. 'Opulent' says Virgile. L&S (Dec 2013)
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There is gorgeous complexity to the tea and floral-scented aromas of spice, earth and sauvage infused dark berry fruit. The punchy and intense big-bodied flavors possess a subtle touch of minerality as well as fine concentration, all wrapped in a linear and wonderfully long finish. This is a seriously powerful yet refined wine that should amply repay long-term cellaring and in fact it will demand it as it won't be a good candidate for early consumption. In a word, terrific. Drinking range: 2027 - Rating: 94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2015)
Virgile Lignier’s wines are my kind of Burgundies, favouring subtlety over extraction and power. There are only two barrels of this, his top wine, but it’s a stunning red, showing subtle spiciness, succulent berry fruit, judicious oak and a long, complex finish. Definitely a domaine (and négociant) to watch. 2018-28 Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Jan 2014)
Intense dark-red fruits on the nose but seems a bit lean on the palate. Hard to tell how this will develop in bottle. If it takes on flesh, it will be very good, the tannins are so refined. Hence the double plus. 2019-2028 Rating: 17++ Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2014)
A domaine of 11 hectares, 25% regionals, 50% Villages, 20% Premiers crus and 5% Grands Crus. Virgile Lignier worked at the domaine with his father Maurice from 1988, beginning to bottle some of the wine from 1992 (it had previously been sold to the négoce), taking over in 2000, which was the vintage when he first bottled all the domaine's production.
In the vineyard Virgile made significant changes, stopping the use of herbicides, and beginning to plough instead. Green harvesting to limits yields followed, along with greater attention to grape selection. The domaine works organically except in extremis.
The wines have a lovely combination of enough body and richness, combined with a lively clarity of expression. The old vines village cuvées are seriously good, and great value too. Going up the scale each site seems to speak very clearly of its source and there is a brightness and energy along with full, seamless fruit.
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