2016 Vieilles Vignes Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair, Beaujolais

Grapes Gamay
Colour Red
Origin France, Beaujolais
Village Moulin à Vent
ABV 14%

2016 in Beaujolais was down nearly 60% - very difficult vintage. Interventions were needed in the winery and the vineyard to get good results. 9HL/HA - tiny. This is peppy. Firmish. Serious, you can tell the fruit comes from Thibault's vineyards that are highest on the coteaux - where the soils are loaded with granite-blanc and quartz. Lots of toast. Darkish, creamed fruit. Nice and some garriguey notes too. Rosemary and thyme. Aged in Foudre for 18-20 months. Svelte, upright and serious Moulin. L&S (Oct 2017)

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(40% whole cluster). Moderate reduction masks the underlying fruit but I doubt that it will last. Otherwise the succulent, dense and powerful flavors evidence a really lovely texture before concluding in a mildly rustic, serious and youthfully austere finish. This too is worth considering provided that you have the patience to allow it at least some time in bottle first. Drinking range: 2026 - Rating: 90-92 Allen Meadows, (Jan 2018)

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.

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