2013 Les Grands Chaillots Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
Thibault's cuvée of Bourgogne includes village-level vines from Ladoix and Marsannay, which he de-classifies to make one decent-sized cuvée. Just one pigeage. Good precise fruit, but quite backward when tasted in the autumn. Youthful purple expression with volume and brightness. Drinking range: 2016 - L&S (Nov 2014)
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Rating: 89 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2015)
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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