2015 Grand Cru Thibault Liger-Belair
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
70% whole bunch. 80% new wood, but barrels with no toast. The start is all Charmes, relaxed, easy, but then it gains in energy and precision, ripe blackcurrant and blackberry, building nicely in intensity. Drinking range: 2023 - L&S (Nov 2016)
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Rating: 18.5+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Feb 2017)
“A lazy man’s wine,” is how Thibault Liger-Belair describes this low-intervention red made from purchased grapes in the cooler, upper part of Charmes. Using the highest ever amount of whole bunches (70%), it’s a stunningly ethereal wine, shimmering with Asian spices and succulent red berry sweetness. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 97 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2017)
Cask sample. Oh my - this nose has a certain magic about it, with tremendous fruit complexity, plus rare spices and the most awesome lifted floral notes. A nose to get lost in - then exquisitely balanced on the palate. Just divine. Drinking range: 2020 - 2050 Rating: 19 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2017)
Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair
Thibault Liger-Belair has two hectares in Les Saint Georges, the vineyard which gives Nuits the rest of its name, and 60 ares out of a total of 4 hectares of the Grand Cru Richebourg, as well as a good holding in the Clos Vougeot and some well-placed village wines. The vineyards are a good start, but it is Thibault himself who has catapulted this domaine straight into the very top echelons of Côte de Nuits domaines from his first vintage (2002). Thibault was trained as an oenologist but first worked as a wine buyer. He has come to wine making with a wide experience of wine buying, and has had the advantage of having discussed wine-making for many years, with the benefit of his oenological background, with some of the best winemakers of the world. Viticulture is biodynamic (since 2005), yields low but not ludicrously low, everything is pragmatic, so that he should be doing just what is necessary and no more. He uses 40-50% new wood maximum. The wines are bright, pure, focused, aromatic and elegant without lacking anything in the way of stuffing.
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