HAUTES CÔTES DE NUITS
2017 Corvée de Villy Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Hautes Côtes de Nuits|
|Vineyard||Corvée de Villy|
This vineyard has lots of very white limestone - from where they originally got material to make white tiles. He says therefore that he does not feel the need to use whole bunch Such sweet fruit here - really pretty. Smart projection. delicate and then some grip grows too. This is really good and fresh. Jolly wine with attractive fruit and pleasingly fresh, great restraint of mineralité in the background. 1/3 new wood. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026 L&S (Nov 2018)
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Barrel sample. Mid crimson. Dark-red fruit. A touch smoky, savoury and perhaps a little stemmy. Dry, chalky texture. Needs time to open. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026 Rating: 16+ Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2019)
Once again there is an attractive freshness to the airy and cool aromas of red currant, cherry and soft floral nuances. There is a bit more volume to the delicious and succulent middle weight flavors that are shaped by slightly riper tannins on the nicely persistent finish. Drinking range: 2021 - Rating: 86-88 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2019)
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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