|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Hautes Côtes de Nuits|
|Vineyard||Corvée de Villy|
Purple both in colour and in the vivid freshness of its expression. Very straight and pure and with a lovely depth of fruit - it's a very calcareous soil and the extra maturity of the vintage is particularly good on this wine. L&S (Nov 2019)
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There is a wisp of herbal tea to the earth and humus-inflected liqueur-like plum and red and dark berry fruit aromas. The nicely voluminous and rounded flavors possess reasonably good punch before culminating in a slightly spiky and mildly dry finish. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 85-87 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2020)
Cask sample. Bright crimson. Lovely, finely balanced, opulent fruit that works really well from this cooler area. Lots of structure as well. Masses of pizzazz but not too rich. Ambitiously styled. GV Drinking range: 2025 - 2027 Rating: 16.5+ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2020)
The 2018 Hautes-Côtes de Nuits Corvées de Villy has an open blackberry and raspberry bouquet, touches of wet stone emerging with time. The medium-bodied palate offers supple tannins. I appreciate the spiciness here, with sage and white pepper lining the well-defined, sustained finish. Lovely. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Jan 2020)
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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