2014 1er Cru Faconnières 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 Faconnières

Colour is very dark. Nose of black fruit, palate mineral, lifted, airy, floating. One would never tire of this - it seems to be bottled energy and light. A sort of blackberry jelly fruit on the finish which is still dry and taut. 'Perfect balance of clay and limestone', remarks Virgile. Drinking range: 2020 - L&S (Nov 2015)

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(Lignier is the largest owner in this premier cru and made 15 barrels of Faconnières in 2014): Good dark red. Subdued but pure aromas of raspberry, espresso and Indian spices. Still a bit youthfully imploded but concentrated and vibrant, showing lovely definition to its berry, mineral and spice flavors. In a distinctly elegant style, with very well-judged use of stems. Finishing firm, lively and long, this wine makes the young 2015 version seem heavy by comparison. Drinking range: 2023 - 2034 Rating: 92+ Stephen Tanzer, (Mar 2017)

The 2014 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Faconnières felt much more withdrawn and timid on the nose vis-à-vis other Morey Premier Crus when I tasted it at the domaine. The palate is very supple, sweeter with 60% whole fruit completely intangible towards the rounded finish. Perhaps this will turn out to be one of Virgile Lignier's more approachable wines this vintage? Drinking range: 2017 - 2030 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, (Dec 2015)

Very small top soil of alluvial and old limestone clay with then rock underneath. Above the fault. The fault separates the Chenevry and the Faconnieres. “Same soil as Clos de la Roche,” remarks Vigile. Full-bodied, soft and generous. A juicy and broad wine, quite spicy and just a tad flamboyant. There is a lot of spice and aroma on the palate and a large structure - softened with aromatics, but pretty big nonetheless. From 2018/19 Rating: 17.65 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 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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