MOREY SAINT DENIS
2014 1er Cru Aux Chezeaux Domaine Lignier-Michelot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Morey Saint Denis|
After the charming Charmes, this has a much more serious forest floor sort of nose, a different kind of richness and very black fruit. Dark on the palate too, taut and slightly fierce, cool and coal-black, still juicy and nicely long. Drinking range: 2019 - L&S (Nov 2015)
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Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2014 tasting, the 2014 Morey St Denis Aux Chezeaux 1er Cru comes across as rather stemmy on the nose, the whole bunches not quite as well integrated as others at first but assimilating with aeration. The palate is more cohesive with fine tannin, lovely pure red fruit and a gentle but insistent finish that is a joy. Like Domaine Lignier-Michelot's other 2014s, this seemed to improve in the glass, the components soon knitting together. Tasted September 2017. Drinking range: 2019 - 2030 Rating: 91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Nov 2017)
(80% vendange entier): Good dark red. Purple fruits, saline minerality and bitter chocolate on the nose, lifted by a violet topnote. Juicy, precise and intensely flavored; this has the energy and fruit to support the stem component. Much fresher and more delineated than the Charmes, finishing with good mineral lift. Rating: 89-92 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Jan 2016)
The 2014 Morey St Denis Aux Chezeaux 1er Cru includes 80% whole cluster fruit this year. Here, the aromatics offer black cherries, bilberry and boysenberry jam, displaying good fruit intensity and delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, chalky tannin and supple blackberry and cassis notes towards the saline finish. This is a very well crafted Morey-Saint-Denis with the matière to suggest long term cellaring potential. Drinking range: 2018 - 2032 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Dec 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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