MOREY SAINT DENIS
2014 Vieilles Vignes Domaine Lignier-Michelot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Morey Saint Denis|
Rich old vines depth and weight, calm amd limpid in its clarity of expression. Intense red and black fruit - a touch of damson - very fresh. 50% whole bunches to give a bit of spice to the finish. Drinking range: 2018 - L&S (Nov 2015)
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(80% vendange entier): Bright medium red. Considerably more closed on the nose than the Rue de Vergy, conveying an impression of medicinal reserve to its flavors of black cherry, menthol and licorice. This tightly wound village wine conveys an herbal coolness and call for patience. Here the stems dry the tannins a bit but this brooding wine is not hard. Drinking range: 2021 - 2028 Rating: 89+ Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com(Mar 2017)
The 2014 Morey St Denis Vieilles Vignes has a reserved nose despite rigorous coaxing and only after a couple of minutes does it reveal blackcurrant pastille and kirsch scents entwined with orange zest and dried apricot. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, quite Chambolle-like, and the 50% whole cluster is cunningly disguised on the structured but focused finish. This is a lovely wine. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Dec 2015)
Tres Girard; Les Cognees (more than 70 years old - down by R74 under the Chenevery - this is part village) and there is more limestone here than the his other parcels, which have more clay. 80% whole bunch - Virgile comments, “the massale selection is good and it is easy to make whole cluster.” Good depth of dark fruit on the nose. Sweet on the attack; plumply rounded and full. A generous body and depth. Full and rich and very accessible. The finish is spicy…spice and the crushed fresh grassy note at the end. Inviting. A crowd pleaser. From 2016. Rating: 16.15 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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