HAUTES CÔTES DE NUITS
2017 Clos du Prieuré Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Hautes Côtes de Nuits|
|Vineyard||Clos du Prieuré|
From vines ten kilometres west of Nuits, on white marl and limestone. The vineyard has great exposition on a 40%, south facing slope. This is always ready to pick at a similar moment to the Côte wines, the first of his Haut Côtes to be harvested every year. Quite a rich and fleshy nose, Very generous feel. Ripe and well-laden fruit core. Intense, soft fine tannins - verging on cooked plums and sweet cherry juice. Cleverly this does manage to keep a fine feel though - really quite sophisticated from this part of the world. Well done! Drinking range: 2021 - 2026 L&S (Nov 2018)
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Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair
Thibault Liger-Belair has two hectares in Les Saint Georges, the vineyard which gives Nuits the rest of its name, and 60 ares out of a total of 4 hectares of the Grand Cru Richebourg, as well as a good holding in the Clos Vougeot and some well-placed village wines. The vineyards are a good start, but it is Thibault himself who has catapulted this domaine straight into the very top echelons of Côte de Nuits domaines from his first vintage (2002). Thibault was trained as an oenologist but first worked as a wine buyer. He has come to wine making with a wide experience of wine buying, and has had the advantage of having discussed wine-making for many years, with the benefit of his oenological background, with some of the best winemakers of the world. Viticulture is biodynamic (since 2005), yields low but not ludicrously low, everything is pragmatic, so that he should be doing just what is necessary and no more. He uses 40-50% new wood maximum. The wines are bright, pure, focused, aromatic and elegant without lacking anything in the way of stuffing.
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