MOREY SAINT DENIS
2015 Rue de Vergy Domaine Lignier-Michelot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Morey Saint Denis|
|Vineyard||Rue de Vergy|
30% whole bunch. Quite a solid feel - a structured, mineral wine with big body and depth, lots of dark fruit. This is powerful stuff - really at premier cru level, and feels like it will age like one too. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 L&S (Nov 2016)
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(30% whole cluster). This is also distinctly floral though the red currant, pomegranate and spice elements are notably cooler. The racy and highly energetic flavors possess more minerality and delineation though not the same texture on the sneaky long finish that is so refreshing that you just feel like drinking this. While it will certainly age this will be hard to resist when young. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2018)
Rating: 17 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Feb 2017)
Cask sample. Candied red fruit nose, simple palate with a light vanilla spice to finish. Easy-going, drinkable - but perhaps a little straightforward at the price. Drinking range: 2017 - 2022 Rating: 16 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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