2014 Les Grands Chaillots Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Bourgogne Rouge
ABV 13%

This is made from vines from Thibault's own domaine and some bought fruit - all from village level vineyards in Marsannay, Ladoix and Cotes de Nuits Villages. The nose is straight and firm, medium-bodied with good density of fruit and tannins, and real elegance and finesse, and the seeds of a complexity from the fruit from all these disparate vineyards. All the components are here, it just needs to harmonise a little more - potentially very classy. Drinking range: 2017 - L&S (Nov 2015)

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Juicy style with vibrant fruit. A purple hue in the glass, focused red berry character along with powerful structure. This will keep developing well for two or three years. Drinking range: 2016 - 2020 Rating: 89 Andrew Howard, Decanter(Oct 2016)

Blended from estate-grown and bought in grapes, this punchy Bourgogne is full of earthy plum fruit and gamey flavours. Decent stuff for the money. Rating: 7.5/10 Susie Barrie MW(Jan 2016)

Bit funky but fun. Very different from most with distinctly ‘natural’ tendencies. Drinking range: 2017 - 2019 Rating: 15.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2016)

The 2014 Bourgogne les Grands Chaillots comes from domaine and purchased grapes, and is vinified at the domaine. It has an open, very cool, stony bouquet with blackberry and blueberry scents developing. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, and it is crisp and tensile with good backbone towards the masculine finish. This is impressive, if a little serious. Drinking range: 2016 - 2022 Rating: 85-87 Neal Martin, 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.

BURGUNDY selection

Just when you think Burgundy is getting a tad expensive, some other upward pressures are applied to prices - small yields and a weak Sterling are the current factors. Luckily for you, there are merchants out there (or here, to be precise) with the nouse to seek out good value even in a region where good value can feel hard to come by. Here's a fine selection of our Very Good Value red and whites - not necessarily cheap enough to tempt the less discerning away from the discount supermarket but it does mean that us ordinary mortals can still afford to drink Burgundy.

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