|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Morey Saint Denis|
Deep colour, very rich, intense fruit and savour, yet still really quite easy, flowing, graceful and classy. Really rather fabulous fruit expression, defined red and black flavours playing off each other and giving real elegance. Drinking range: 2022 - L&S (Nov 2016)
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(40% whole cluster). As it usually is, the nose is more reserved and more typical of a classic Morey with a brooding aromatic profile of liqueur-like red and black fruit, underbrush, game and earth that are also trimmed in just enough wood to merit remarking upon. There is excellent richness to the powerfully bodied and tautly muscled flavors that culminate in a focused and firm but not really austere finish that delivers impressive length. Here too at least some patience will be beneficial because while the mid-palate is generous, the finish is serious. Drinking range: 2027 - Rating: 93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2018)
(70% vendange entier): Bright dark red. Very ripe raspberry and chocolate aromas are accented by licorice and mint. Conveys more mineral energy than the Faconnières, as well as excellent density to its dark berry flavors. Classically dry on the finish, showing strong saline minerality and serious tannins. This rather powerful wine from 50-year-old vines conveys strong terroir character. Rating: 89-92 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Jan 2017)
The 2015 Morey St Denis 1er Cru les Cheneverys includes 30% whole bunch and 30% new oak this year. The bouquet is very refined with a tinge of wet clay infusing the mulberry and cranberry fruit, gently unfolding in the glass whilst maintaining fine delineation. The palate is very well balanced with a spicy, white pepper-infused opening. The exerts good grip in the mouth, very chalky in texture with impressive depth and focus on the finish. This is excellent. Drinking range: 2020 - 2038 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Dec 2016)
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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