2019 Aux Charmes Grand Cru Thibault Liger-Belair Successeurs


Right at the top of Charmes, under the border with Latricières. 70% whole bunch. This rich and deep, but what really impresses is how it lengthens out - pretty seriously long and pure. 100% new wood, with Thibault's signature 'white toast'. Drinking range: 2025 - 2038L&S (Oct 2020)

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75cl bottles (wood case of 6)

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(from Charmes proper; 70% whole cluster but without the central stem). An appealingly layered nose reflects notes of lavender and violet along with earthy and fresh red currant aromas that are trimmed in subtle but not invisible wood influence. This is also quite generously proportioned with fine mid-palate concentration to the medium weight flavors that exude a discreet minerality on the powerful and well-balanced finish. This very firmly structured effort needs to develop more depth but as it is going to require extended cellaring, there is a very good chance it will do just that. Drinking range: 2034 - Rating: 90-93 Allen Meadows, (Jan 2021)

100% new wood, 70% whole bunch, but with the top of the stalks removed. Dense purple, almost black in the centre. Heady, uncompromising, dark fruit. Startling in its style, and I think it works. The dark plum and raspberry fruit has a little dusting of chocolate, but stays light on its feet. Tasted: November 2020 **** Rating: 94 - 96 Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy  (Jan 2021)

The 2019 Charmes-Chambertin Aux Charmes Grand Cru includes 70% whole bunch with the main trunk of the stem removed (a technique pioneered by Lalou Bize-Leroy.) Clean and precise on the nose, offering black cherries and touches of crushed strawberry and bergamot; the 100% new oak is nicely integrated here. The palate is well balanced with a gentle grip on the entry, and quite savory toward the finish, but this displays good length and is very promising. Drinking range: 2024 - 2048 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, (Dec 2020)

The lack of the word 'domaine' in the name signals that this is a négociant wine from Thibault Liger-Belair. On the whole Thibault buys grapes having tended the vines with his own team, so that the wines are domaine wines in all but name.


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