2016 Vieilles Vignes Domaine Lignier-Michelot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
Good deep nose, then nice bounce to the fruit. This is pretty clean cut - quite a high line of perky fruit, quite intense, quite good definition - bright, red berries. Attractive. Good gentle grip. Lovely energetic style. Purity of fruit balances perfectly the polished tannins - but weight of fruit is good and acidity perfectly judged. L&S (Oct 2017)
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(from 50+ year old vines). A more layered nose combines notes of violet, plum and dark cherry with those of earth and spice. There is a lovely texture to the intense and concentrated middle weight flavors that deliver fine length on the stony finale. This isn’t a Chambolle of lace and grace but it doesn’t lack for complexity or character. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 89-91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2018)
The 2016 Chambolle Musigny Vieilles Vignes includes 70% whole-bunch fruit with 30% new oak. This just lacked a little spark and vivacity compared to the cuvées from Morey-Saint-Denis. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm, gritty tannin. The fruit here is toward the darker side with a Morey-like structure and firmness on the masculine finish. Drinking range: 2019 - 2026 Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Dec 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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