|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Morey Saint Denis|
The most northerly premier cru of Morey, just before Mazoyères Chambertin. Pretty seriously massive. Sweetly weighty with very ripe black fruit, and an opulence which releases more aromas, all braced by a touch of whole bunch crispness. Finesse and charm and length more than muscles. L&S (Dec 2013)
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The winemaking at this domaine hit new heights in 2012, with high quality right across the board. The village level wines are very good, but it’s worth paying extra to buy this Premier Cru. This is a Morey that has Chambolle-like finesse and poise. Aromatic, subtle and finely balanced, this surfs on a wave of succulent berry fruit. 2017-28 Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Jan 2014)
Fragrant, wood spice and cinnamon with red cherry fruit. Soft, supple structure. Good perfume on the finish. 2015-2025 Rating: 16.5+ Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2014)
Bright medium red. Complex aromas of cherry, raspberry, strawberry and musky underbrush. Silky-sweet and pliant, with a saline element to the red fruit flavors. A tad diffuse but offers an attractive combination of red fruits, soil tones and minerality. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and very good length. A nice expression of alluvial soil. Rating: 89-91 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(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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