2012 1er Cru Faconnières Domaine Lignier-Michelot

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

50 year old vines just under Clos de la Roche. Quite a red clay-limestone soil. Focused, distinctive yet harmonious nose of red-accented fruit, with appetising brightness coming out of decent weight. Expressive and excellent. L&S (Dec 2013)

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Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, 2014)

Haunting aroma that only Pinot can give – manages to be fruitily fragrant and savoury and lightly spiced all at the same time. Lightish on the palate, already rounded and tannins almost soft though the freshness pulls it in a bit tighter on the finish. 2016-2024 Rating: 17 Julia Harding MW, 2014)

Good deep red. Complex aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, licorice and smoke; less cabernet-like than the even darker Aux Chezeaux. Concentrated, tactile and rich, with a saline nuance to the deep black fruit and mineral flavors. Finishes classically dry, with substantial fine-grained tannins and good verve. Rating: 90-92 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(Jan 2014)

(from 60+ year old vines, 50% whole cluster). Here the nose isn’t quite as spicy as that of the Chezeaux though it’s otherwise similar with terrific depth that continues onto the lacy yet punchy middle weight plus flavors that possess fine size, weight and power. This is a classic example of a wine that displays power without weight because it’s really quite refined plus the length is remarkable. One to strongly consider. 2022+ Rating: 91-93 Allen Meadows, 2014)

Very small top soil of alluvial and old limestone clay with then rock underneath. Above the fault. The fault separates the Chenevry and the Faconnieres. This is sweet and fruity with soft velvet tannins. Succulent fruit and deep. Good depth and density. Approachable, smooth but fresh. I prefer this to the Cheseaux. From 2016/17. Rating: 17.75 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Dec 2013)

Domaine Lignier-Michelot

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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