MOREY SAINT DENIS
2013 1er Cru Faconnières Domaine Lignier-Michelot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Morey Saint Denis|
Deep black fruit expression on the nose - almost a touch of tar. Palate is big - a mouthfilling old-vine richness, veering towards heaviness but certainly achieving opulence, a sense of red velvet roses. 'Like having a big bunch of grapes in the mouth', says Virgile. Drinking range: 2019 - 2028 L&S (Nov 2014)
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Some jazzy fruit with lots of chew on the end. A little leathery and lacking fruity flesh. Drinking range: 2019 - 2026 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2015)
Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2015)
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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