MOREY SAINT DENIS
2016 Vieilles Vignes Domaine Lignier-Michelot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Morey Saint Denis|
From three parcels - Tres Girard, Chenevery and Cognées, all over 60 years old. Again a great, precise attack. Lovely, cleanly delineated fruit. Red and pert - then some more leafy, crunchy black-currents. A smoky lift of grippier matter joins in and builds the breadth and depth. Finishes with beautifully ripe, dense fruit. A super richness - but the lovely acidity means there is no fat or excess heft. L&S (Oct 2017)
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Once again there is enough reduction to suppress the expressiveness of the nose that barely reveals its notes of plum, black cherry and spice – here too I would advise giving this a brief aeration. There is both excellent power and mid-palate concentration to the sappy and mouth coating middle weight plus flavors that flash a taut muscularity on the clean, dry and wonderfully long if somewhat rustic finish. This robust effort also offers excellent quality for a villages level Morey. Drinking range: 2024 - Rating: 89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2019)
The 2016 Morey St Denis Vieilles Vignes, which includes 70% whole bunch, has a taut and linear bouquet with dark fruit, blackberry and bilberry, hints of soy and autumn leaves (from the whole bunch component). The palate is fresh on the entry, the tannins a touch softer than the La Rue de Vergy, quite focused with blackberry, graphite and sous bois notes toward the finish that becomes spicier with aeration. Very fine. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Dec 2017)
Tres Girard and village part of Chenevery Spice and flowers on the nose. Deeper nose than the En la Rue. Svelte tannins, deep purple fruit, blueberries. More concentration here, yet with There is a fragrance to the fruit, lively freshness and a light crunch to the tannins. Top notch. Score 16.5 Rating: 16.5 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 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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