2013 Charmotte Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Nuits Saint Georges
Vineyard Charmotte

30% whole bunch, and this cuvée shows a good tension this year. Nice balance the weight - 'there's rock at 40cm down', says Thibault, 'and that keeps the finish straight, while it has good weight'. Drinking range: 2017 - L&S (Nov 2014)

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(a little seen villages that is situated on the Vosne side just beneath the 1er Bousselots; 50% whole clusters). Reduction. There is a much more generous mouth feel to the textured, delicious and supple medium weight flavors that possess both good vibrancy and a lovely mineral streak on the ever-so-slightly rustic but solidly persistent finale. A quality Nuits villages that should drink well relatively young. 2017+ Rating: 87-90 Allen Meadows, (Jan 2015)

Rating: 17.5 Matthew Jukes (Jan 2015)

Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, (Jan 2015)

(30% vendange entier; harvested in two passes, the first for a whole-cluster vinification; the second pass required three different sortings): Deep, bright red. Wild, brambly aromas of black cherry, dark berries, violet, rose, leather and menthol. Sappy, ripe and sweet, offering good thickness without coming across as heavy. At once fat and juicy, with purple fruit and mineral flavors carrying through on the back end Drinking range: 2018 - 2024 Rating: 87-90 Stephen Tanzer, (Jan 2015)

Using 20% whole-cluster fruit and undergoing just two pigeage, the 2013 Nuits Saint Georges La Charmotte has a perfumed floral bouquet that expands nicely in the glass. The palate is pretty with crisp acidity, taut but light, with a touch of piquancy on the finish. This should provide decent early-drinking but the 2012 is the one to cellar. Drinking range: 2015 - 2024 Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, (Dec 2014)

North side under Bousselots. “I thought the soil would be deep, yet it the wine had more freshness as the years pass, as we work the vineyards. Then I checked the depth of the soil and found it was not so deep, just 40 cm clay and then limestone.” 30% whole clusters. This is generous on the attack; full bodied with soft tannins, plenty of breadth, but it also has spice and freshness on the finish. A good balance. From 2019 Rating: 15.95 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2014)

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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