2014 1er Cru Charmes Domaine Lignier-Michelot

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Morey Saint Denis
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Charmes

Classy nose of ripe sweet red and black little fruit. Silky, with good volume, fat and supple and easy, it just makes one want to swallow - a gourmandise. 'It carries its name well', remarks Virgile. Drinking range: 2019 - L&S (Nov 2015)

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Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2014 tasting, the 2014 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Aux Charmes veered more toward red than black fruit on the nose, although it did not display the complexity of either La Riotte from Taupenot-Merme or Perrot-Minot tasted in the same flight. That said, I did notice some improvement in the glass, manifesting more terroir expression and vigor. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, black tea and a touch of dried herbs. It fans out gently on the finish, maintaining the fruit concentration with a subtle wild mint/fennel note lingering on the aftertaste. This is a "grower"—returning time and again, I like Virgil Lignier's wine more and more. Tasted September 2017. Drinking range: 2020 - 2038 Rating: 93 Neal Martin, (Nov 2017)

Moderately saturated medium red. Subdued, deep aromas of raspberry, cherry, mocha and underbrush. In a rather tender style, especially compared to the Morey village wine, offering lovely sweetness and concentration but also good definition and lift, not to mention inner-mouth floral perfume. Ripe acidity and substantial tongue-dusting tannins gives this wine a solid structural underpinning. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030 Rating: 91 Stephen Tanzer, (Mar 2017)

The 2014 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Aux Charmes has a flamboyant nose with red cherries, wild strawberry and marmalade, the 40% whole cluster fruit embedded with the fruit. The palate is effervescent on the entry with crisp acidity, edgy mineralité with that tongue tingling as if you had licked a limestone rock (try it!). This is excellent. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, (Dec 2015)

Domaine Lignier-Michelot

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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