|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Morey Saint Denis|
|Vineyard||Rue de Vergy|
50-70% Whole bunch. Wow - real burst of bright red fruit here. Not tart nor too crunchy just a lovely perkiness to its profile. Joyous and easy going with great continuing drive. Clean as a whistle - soft and easy sweep of minerality underpinning it. Good but in quite a lightweight frame - early, appetising drinking. Drinking range: 2019 - 2023 L&S (Nov 2018)
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The 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis en la Rue de Vergy has a bouquet similar to the 2018 but without the same level of ripeness. There is fine transparency here and that translates across to the palate, which is well balanced with fine-boned tannins and a precise finish. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Jan 2020)
(70% whole cluster). A much more elegant nose consists of cool and pure aromas of red currant, cherry and lovely floral hints. The racy, sleek and intense lighter weight flavors exude evident minerality on the attractively textured finale that is shaped by bright but not drying acidity. A wine of finesse. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 87-90 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2019)
The 2017 Morey Saint Denis, En la Rue de Vergy, Domaine Lignier-Michelot played a blinder, as it always does, and it eclipsed the 2016 on account of its silky mid-palate and Grand Cru-like touches! Rating: 18+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.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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