2015 Vieilles Vignes Domaine Lignier-Michelot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
Lovely bright scent and juicy floral red fruit, lots of weight, expressive and very Chambolle. Drinking range: 2019 - L&S (Nov 2016)
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(from 50+ year old vines, 50% whole cluster). A distinctly floral and elegant nose is composed by aromas of notably ripe black cherry, spice and violet. There is good richness to the suave and seductive flavors that are generously proportioned while displaying both good tension and balance on the impressively persistent finish where a hint of wood appears. This beauty is firm but even so it’s a wine that could be enjoyed young. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 90 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2018)
Rating: 17.5+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Feb 2017)
Cask sample. Black cherry, cranberry, juniper - more diverse and interesting fruit than their Morey-St-Denis at the same price. Very plastic tannin - easy to drink now. Drinking range: 2017 - 2025 Rating: 16.5 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2017)
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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