MOREY SAINT DENIS
2014 1er Cru Les Chenevery Domaine Lignier-Michelot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Morey Saint Denis|
More limestone again here. Deep and bright nose all at once - dark plums and a high-toned mineral note too. Rich and suave and silky volume but there's lots of structure undernerath too. Deep, and long too. The underlying structure really pulls it back and on. Drinking range: 2020 - L&S (Nov 2015)
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The 2014 Morey St Denis 1er Cru les Cheneverys, which includes 30% whole cluster fruit, has a complex bouquet with blackberry, dried orange peel, wet granite and just a hint of licorice. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and good structure, quite masculine with requisite austerity on the finish that begs you take another sip. Lovely salinity is present and correct here; this is well worth seeking out. Drinking range: 2017 - 2030 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Dec 2015)
A new part of the mother rock. This is much more raw in feeling now - just finished its MLF. the wine is much more compact, dense and tense and layered. There is fruit, but more evident is the grip of cold mineral under this. The tannins however are restrained. It is strong and dense on the finish. A straight, well defined wine which needs time. My favourite of his MSD 1er Cru; quite a level up. From 2019 Rating: 18.25 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 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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