2020 le Clos des Perrières la Combe Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

Grapes Aligoté
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Bourgogne Aligoté
ABV 13%

This is macerated on skins for a week, then pressed and vinified in wood (not new). It was racked in September and is now ready to bottle. Clear bright lemon colour. The bouquet is less flamboyant than some years but with a really impressive weight of wine. Wow! A wonderful concentrated mouthful. Moving well away from the standard idea of Aligoté. White fruit, infused with a limestone freshness, not so far from oyster shells in style. Tasted: November 2021 Rating: 89-91 Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy (Jan 2022)

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The 2020 Bourgogne Aligoté Clos de Perrière la Combe underwent a long eight-hour press this year. It has a light nose with orchard fruit and a touch of apricot blossom, though I would like just a little more Aligoté character. The palate is well balanced with fine acidity, ripe and creamy with apricot and nectarine towards saline finish. This gets better as it goes along. Drinking range: 2022 - 2027 Rating: 87-89 Neal Martin, (Dec 2021)

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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