2016 Cuvée Bertin Domaine Lignier-Michelot
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(from Les Seuvrées and Les Murots). A much earthier and more sauvage-inflected nose exhibits nuances of underbrush and humus on the combination of red and dark currant aromas. There is once again excellent power and concentration to the medium-bodied flavors that possess a caressing mouthfeel thanks to the abundant amount of dry extract, all wrapped in a driving and slightly rustic finish. This too is excellent for its level. Drinking range: 2024 - Rating: 89-92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2018)
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The 2016 Gevrey Chambertin Cuvee Bertin, a blend of two vineyards, included 70% whole bunch this year. It has a tightly wound bouquet at first, then changes its mind and offers attractive rose petal and wilted violet scents. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, slightly savory in style and meatier than its peers with a pleasant, gourmand finish. Drink over the next eight to ten years. Rating: 89-91 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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