|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Morey Saint Denis|
|Vineyard||Clos de la Roche|
A very 'straight' nose, all compact and harmonious. The entry is silky, but lifted, not heavy, fresh and pushing red fruit brightness with the weight gathered effortlessly behind. Richly silk-wrapped. There's lovely energy here. L&S (Nov 2019)
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(from a .27 ha parcel, most of which is young vines of 15+ years of age though there is a parcel approximating 15% of the total with ~40 years of age; 80% whole cluster). An exceptionally ripe nose flashes port-like nuances on the mix of red and dark berry fruit aromas where additional breadth is present in the form of menthol, violet and soft spice wisps. There is better freshness on the palate of the well-detailed and minerally big-bodied flavors that exhibit outstanding power on the robust, muscular and lingering finish. This firmly structured effort is impressive if not typical. Drinking range: 2038 - Rating: 91-94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2020)
Cask sample. Intense and dense but to my palate it doesn’t quite seem worth the (considerable) premium. Youthful and it’s probably got all the necessary elements but it’s very embryonic. Drinking range: 2032 - 2048 Rating: 17.5+ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2020)
The 2018 Clos-de-la-Roche Grand Cru, matured with 80% whole bunch, has an intense blackberry nose with strong undergrowth and seaweed aromas. The medium-bodied palate features crunchy black fruit. Here I feel the stem addition slightly dominates the finish, so hopefully that will be subsumed with time. Maybe this is one cuvée from the domaine where I might have dialed down the whole bunch. Drinking range: 2024 - 2044 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Jan 2020)
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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