2015 Vieilles Vignes Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair, Beaujolais

Grapes Gamay
Colour Red
Origin France, Beaujolais
Other Bio-dynamic, Organic
Sub-district Beaujolais Villages
Village Moulin à Vent
ABV 14.5%

From 60-100 year old vines in 8 different parcels higher up the slope than the Rouchoux, this cuvée now represents half the production of Thibault's Moulin à Vent domaine. Very deep colour, bright fruit, a viscous glossy look and feel. Structured but above all stuffed with fruit. Tasted at the Beaujolais focus seminar in June 2019 and looking superb. Well weighted but with lovely feel and drive. Drinking range: 2019 - L&S (Nov 2016)

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A cut-price chance to try wine from Burgundy-based grower Thibault Liger-Belair’s project in Beaujolais. This is notably sumptuous and polished (and, coming from a warm vintage, high-ish in alcohol) yet also expresses a pleasing sense of place.Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph(Aug 2019)

A modern style, showing upfront, vibrant and chewy oak in a well-executed combination with forward fruit. Glossy, luxurious and enjoyable. Drinking range: 2018 - 2023 Rating: 91 Decanter Magazine(Jul 2017)

8 parcels. This is the flagship of the domaine as it has half the hectarage. Less soil, white and pink sand and old vines 65-95 years old. This was gassy as still fermenting, started again in July. I prefer this; it has more red fruit. There is a tension...there is a lot of energy - not just gas - and there is depth. You would not guess it is 14.5%. I like it and it will be bottled with some gas - but not the natural gas from the fermentation as the bubbles are too big. Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Dec 2016)

Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair, Beaujolais

Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair have purchased eight prime parcels of vines in Moulin-a-Vent. The grapes were sold off in 2008 because they felt it took more than just one year working with the vines to get them to perform. 'My objective was not to buy a domaine, but to buy vineyards in different spots. What is very important for me', says Liger-Belair,'is to showcase the difference between each type of granite and each exposure.' Two refrigerated trucks a day delivered fruit to be pressed in Nuits-Saint-Georges (all destemmed in the 2009 vintage and only gently pumped over to 'infuse', never punched down) and raised in used barriques.


Unfortunately, the word "Beaujolais" has become all too readily attached to the word "Nouveau". There's nothing wrong with a bit of fun, and at its best the old Beaujolly Nouveau is fun with a party hat on. But there is a lot more to Beaujolais than young wines being raced across France in sports cars and fruity red wine with your breakfast. Those in the know are starting to purr appreciatively over the wines of the Beaujolais crus. These are the villages whose wines are good enough to be elevated above the generic Beaujolais name and have been given their own appellations. It's all Gamay, so bright crisp fruit is the story of the day, but there's more - there's a silky feel almost occasionally redolent of Pinot Noir and even an ability to improve with a little age. From the subtle delights of Fleurie to the gently peppered Morgon, albeit all on the light side, this is a case that will enhance any wine lovers cellar/wine rack/cupboard under the stairs.

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