CLOS SAINT DENIS

2017 Grand Cru Domaine Lignier-Michelot

EN PRIMEUR

This immediately has a little more impact than the Clos de la Roche tasted just before. Yet the fruit profile is dominated by lovely, lithe red fruit. So fine. Such elegance to the feel. Not so richly scented or ripened. Really sleek feel to the fruit core which is well supported by the very fine dusting of perky tannins and a lovely line of pure crisp acidity which is like an arrow of energy pushing on and on. Impressive and indulgent wine. Rich intensity but a bouncy, pure energy that keeps you wanting more. a great expression of a great terroir. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030L&S(Nov 2018)

In Bond

75cl bottles (case of 6)

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(from purchased fruit and released under the Maison Virgile Lignier label, 100% whole cluster). A pretty and well-layered nose combines liqueur-like aromas of plum, anise, violet and earth that are trimmed in a background application of oak. Here too there is a lovely sense of energy to the even denser medium weight flavors that possess a bit less power but better refinement on the lingering and complex if again mildly drying finish. Once again it seems likely that the dryness will eventually dissipate as the tannins resolve and my predicted range offers the benefit of the doubt. Drinking range: 2032 - Rating: 91-93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2019)

The 2017 Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru contains 100% whole bunch fruit, matured in one new barrel and one used. This has a more expressive bouquet than the Clos de la Roche, featuring ample ripe red currant, blueberry and raspberry preserve aromas tinged with pressed flowers. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry and offers a little more penetration and tension than the Clos de la Roche. Almost sorbet-fresh on the vibrant finish. Wonderful. Drinking range: 2023 - 2040 Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, vinous.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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