HAUTES CÔTES DE NUITS
2014 Clos du Prieuré Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Hautes Côtes de Nuits|
|Vineyard||Clos du Prieuré|
From vines ten kilometres west of Nuits, on white marl and limestone. Quite a rich and fleshy nose, with more weight than the other Hautes Côtes cuvées. Vines that face straight south, and it is harvested immediately after the vines on the main Côte. 'It makes more generous wines', says Thibault, and it does have a fuller, richer style, and is also long, well-made with fruit that just goes on and on on the finish. Drinking range: 2018 - L&S (Nov 2015)
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From 20 to 30 year old vines lying on a steep, south-facing, 1.1ha site, this is a delicious example of Hautes Cotes de Nuits. Using 100% destemmed grapes, it's an early-drinking Pinot with loads of bright framboise fruit, complemented by sweetness combined with round tannins and good energy. Drinking range: 2018 - 2022 Rating: 91 Andy Howard MW, Decanter(Aug 2018)
Rating: 90 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Jan 2016)
There is a hint of lactic character to the reductive aromas and once again the nose is not in a condition to be judged. There is however lovely vibrancy to the ultra-fresh and well-detailed middle weight flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the notably refreshing finale. Drinking range: - 2019 Rating: 86-88 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2016)
The 2014 Hautes Côte de Nuits le Clos de Prieuré comes from vines on marn soil upon a particularly steep slope. It is 100% destemmed. It has a tightly-wound bouquet with blackberry and wet limestone soils, reflective of terroirs. The palate is more red than black fruit with fine tannin and there is moderate weight in the mouth with a linear but fresh finish. Give it a year in bottle. Drinking range: 2017 - 2024 Rating: 87-89 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Dec 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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