2017 1er Cru Les Saint Georges Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Nuits Saint Georges
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Les Saint Georges

Thibault has 2 hectares here - and he is much more upbeat this year as it gave him 27 barrels in 2017 after the tiny haul of just 8 in 2016! Much of the wines charm can be linked to the interesting soil here which has some clay but a very high density of small white pebbles which changes everything. He had to do 2 distinct harvests here. First to pick off the best bunches for whole bunch fermenting and the second is all destemmed fruit. This is broadly structured with good shoulders. More upright and more intense than the Vosne and there is a dry line which underscores this classy core of more weighty, sleek fruit. Some blueberry and plumskin measure the ripe feel - joined by warm raspberries and a more leafy edge. Good juicy acidity too balances the weight nicely. THis is a very smart, accessible Nuits from Thibault. Recommended.. Drinking range: 2023 - 2032 L&S (Nov 2018)

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The 2017 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Saint-Georges 1er Cru has a straightforward bouquet of red cherries plus a touch of balsamic, showing fine delineation and intensity. It opens and deepens nicely in the glass, though it requires time to absorb the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and fine acidity, and quite saline and stocky on the broad-shouldered, almost Morey-like finish. Though a tad brutish at the moment, this should improve in bottle. Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2017 tasting. Drinking range: 2024 - 2044 Rating: 91 Neal Martin, (Jan 2022)

Mid crimson with a little evolution. Quite a powerful bouquet with concentration of fruit. Very peppery at the back. Impressive intensity here, very pure, this is going to take years to settle down, impressively long term for what we regard as an accessible vintage. There is some sweetness of fruit to finish, black cherries infused with a redder thread. Rating: 93 Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy  (Sep 2021)

Fresh, dark-red fruit. Stems showing only in an impression of freshness. Quite a bit of oak sweetness on the palate thought the fruit is there at the core. A relatively rich wine and the tannins need time. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 16.5+ Julia Harding MW, (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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