2017 Vieilles Vignes Domaine Lignier-Michelot
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100% Whole Bunch used this year. This comes from two premier cru vineyards - Chatelot and Sentiers. There is a sweet concentration of ripe cassis juice on the nose. But on the palate this is lighter on its toes. More ethereal. Delicate. A good, classic Chambolle feel. Fruit is ripe and sweet but very fine and then there is a touch of dusty mineral lift on the finish that builds well and adds a touch more power, very Chambolle, still fresh and precise, despite the ripeness of the fruit. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027 L&S (Nov 2018)
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(from 50+ year old vines; 80% whole cluster). Very pretty aromas feature a variety of red berry aromas, especially raspberry, along with hints of green tea and spice. There is good energy to the lighter weight flavors that possess excellent delineation on the lightly stony, refreshing and sneaky long finale. Drinking range: 2024 - Rating: 88 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2020)
The 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes has a lovely traditional red berry and sous-bois bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red fruit laced with tea leaves and thyme, and nicely poised on the finish. Very fine. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Jan 2020)
(from 50+ year old vines; 80% whole cluster). Moderate reduction renders the nose difficult to assess. Otherwise there is better density if less refinement to the medium weight flavors that possess good punch on the more complex and mildly rustic finale as the supporting tannins are less fine-grained. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 88-90 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2019)
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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