2013 Grand Cru Thibault Liger-Belair

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Gevrey Chambertin
Classification Grand Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Charmes Chambertin

40% whole bunch here, and in the élevage Thibault has given it a little more new oak in an attempt to give it a bit more thrust and less 'all in the mouth'. Nevertheless this is a 'vin de bouche', round and opulent, even if the finish does show a bit more direction than it sometimes has. A very good showing. Drinking range: 2020 - L&S (Nov 2014)

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(aged in 100% new oak; bottled in July): Good medium red. Extroverted nose combines raspberry, dried rose, leather and some animal funkiness. Wonderfully sweet, fat and saline; this silky, concentrated, highly nuanced wine is all about earth and dried flowers. Perhaps atypically pliant and accessible for young Charmes. Tannins are dusty but sweet and fine. Drinking range: 2017 - 2027 Rating: 92 Stephen Tanzer, (Mar 2016)

(from Charmes proper; 30% whole clusters but only the tiny stems rather than the stalks). A surprisingly high-toned nose of pomegranate, floral and essence of red pinot fruit nose displays only hints of earth. The generous and mouth coating medium weight flavors possess solid intensity before terminating in a lingering and naturally sweet finish that evidences a touch of stems though not much in the way of austerity. 2021+ Rating: 89-92 Allen Meadows, (Jan 2015)

I prefer this to the other two Grands Crus at Thibault Liger-Belair’s domaine in 2013. Charmes can be a bit soft at times, but this one comes from vines that run north to south and has considerbale freshness. The presence of lots of small berries and 50% whole bunches(without the central stem) give the wine sweetness and concentration as well as spice. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 97 Tim Atkin MW, (Jan 2015)

Thibault Liger-Belair Successeurs

The lack of the word 'domaine' in the name signals that this is a négociant wine from Thibault Liger-Belair. On the whole Thibault buys grapes having tended the vines with his own team, so that the wines are domaine wines in all but name.

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