|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Village||Morey Saint Denis|
80% whole bunch. Immensely grown-up style which leaves simple fruit flavours behind for something else entirely - not that there in't fruit, but it's minerals and pot-pourri and a firmness of purpose, more cerebral and less hedonistic, perhaps. But frankly pretty gorgeous, with an impossibly long finish where fruit is found again. Drinking range: 2030 - 2044 L&S (Oct 2020)
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(80% whole cluster). This too is moderately reduced and tough to evaluate today. More interesting are the super-sleek and beautifully textured medium-bodied flavors that exude evident minerality on the youthfully austere, focused, linear and strikingly long and chiseled finish. This isn’t as dense as the Faconnières but it’s finer and should prove to be just as age worthy. Once to look for. Drinking range: 2031 - Rating: 91-94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2021)
70% whole bunch, from vines planted in 1970. Solid rich purple. The nose has not quite the same density and personality as the Faconnières – which would be difficult to achieve. Arrow straight here, more linear, showing the limestone in the finish. More complex than I first thought. Tasted: November 2020 4/5 stars. Rating: 92-95 Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy (Jan 2021)
The 2019 Morey-Saint-Denis Les Chenevery 1er Cru contains 80% whole bunches. It has a bright, open, peppermint tinged bouquet that does not quite deliver the precision and complexity of the Faconnières. The palate is very well balanced with fine mineralité and the most terroir expressive of Lignier’s cuvées. Wonderful precision on the finish. If the aromatics step up a gear this will vie with the Faconnières as Lignier’s best Premier Cru. Drinking range: 2024 - 2045 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Dec 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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