|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Morey Saint Denis|
'Floral' says Virgile, and it is - that deep dark fruit floral. Supple texture edging toward Chambolle, but such a depth to it too. Very gourmand but exciting and mouth-watering too. More mineral on this. L&S (Nov 2019)
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(80% whole cluster). Once again there is a plethora of floral elements adding a touch of elegance to the baked dark berry fruit and earth-scented nose, all of which is trimmed in soft wood nuances. The full-bodied, powerful and mouthcoating flavors deliver first-rate persistence on the impressively long finish that is also shaped by relatively fine-grained tannins. Good stuff though patience is once again suggested. Drinking range: 2033 - Rating: 91-94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2020)
The 2018 Morey-Saint-Denis Les Chenevery 1er Cru is quite closed on the nose, which features blackberry, bilberry and quite a noticeable estuarine influence of mudflats and cockle shells. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, fleshy and caressing. The harmonious, vibrant finish leaves the tongue tingling. Superb. Drinking range: 2023 - 2042 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Jan 2020)
Pure, straight, vigourous. Excellent. It has cut and persistence. Underscored with fine minerality. Like it a lot. Drinking range: 2024 - 2030 Rating: 95 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Nov 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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