CLOS VOUGEOT

2020 Grand Cru Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

EN PRIMEUR

From the south side of the Clos. 60% of the vines were planted in 1964, and 40% in 1992. They keep the old vines as whole bunches, but because they produce so much less, it's only 40% of the cuvée. The rows are 200m long, so give a good cross-section of the Clos, with limestone at the top, running down through red clay and white marls. Very deep colour with powerful nose, wild ripe berries and hedgerow fruit, the palate board and powerful. Drinking range: 2032 - 2048L&S (Nov 2021)

In Bond

75cl bottles (wood case of 6)

Sold Out

* This is a pre-shipment/primeur offer. All orders are accepted under the TERMS of this offer which differ from the terms of the rest of the site.

This comes from the southern and upper part of the Clos near Echézeaux. Part of the vines were planted in 1944 and part – just over half of the cuvée's volume – were planted in 1922. There's 50% whole cluster in total. This is a rustic, masculine Clos Vougeot with tangy blackberries, crunchy red currants, clove and black peppercorns light up the palate. The purity is incredible. Drinking range: 2024 - 2040 Rating: 96 Christy Canterbury MW - TimAtkin.com (Feb 2022)

(from a .72 ha parcel on the Vosne side in the middle against the southern wall). Very dense if reticent aromas only grudgingly offer up their notes of cassis, poached plum, pungent earth and an interesting hint of smoked meat. The succulent and rounded larger-bodied flavors also possess focused power and excellent punch on the moderately rustic and robust finale. This bold effort will also require at least some forbearance. Drinking range: 2032 - Rating: 91-94 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2022)

The old vines of 1944 account for 60% by surface area but 40% in fruit volume, and these are in whole bunch. The rest, destemmed, comes from the 1992 planting. Very intense black purple, the nose is rather blocked at the moment by a touch of reduction. Blocky, powerful but not cooked. Higher acidity here. Altogether extremely disjointed because so backward. Once this integrates it could become something very interesting, but I have been more cautious for the time being. Tasted: November 2021 Rating: 92-96 Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy  (Jan 2022)

The 2020 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru contains whole bunch coming from the older vines planted in 1944. I admire the vitality on the nose here, taut and fresh with crushed strawberry and cranberry scents, plenty of mineralité and tension. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red fruit, fine structure, slightly chalky towards the finish with a persistent aftertaste. Excellent. Drinking range: 2025 - 2050 Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Dec 2021)

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.

ORDERING VIA OUR WEBSITE:

  • We will respond as quickly as possible with confirmation of your order and your invoice.

Please note that certain wines are on very tight allocations and will first be offered to customers who buy across the range. If you have any queries, please email our primeurs team or speak to your usual L&S contact.

ORDERING VIA EMAIL:

Please feel free to email us at any time. This list can include wines listed as available on the website, as well as those marked 'To Be Advised'. We will reply as soon as possible with confirmation of what we can offer.

STORAGE OPTIONS:

Wines bought en primeur are scheduled to arrive in the UK over the course of the next eighteen months. If you do not wish to take home delivery, you may wish to consider where you would like the wines shipped on arrival in the UK. Lea & Sandeman offers duty paid and in bond storage through a dedicated storage company called Elephant Storage. For more details on the terms and fees associated with storage please go to our Storage Homepage or contact our primeurs team for more information.

While helpful, we do not require a firm commitment on delivery destination to process your primeur order at this stage. Our team will be in contact with you when your wines arrive in the UK to confirm the necessary delivery details.

BURGUNDY EN PRIMEUR FAQ

OFFER: All wines are offered subject to availability and final confirmation.

PRICING: All prices are quoted IN BOND ex-VAT, by the case size stated. Please double check that the desired case size does match what is being offered as wines are variously listed in threes, sixes, dozens, halves and larger formats.

DELIVERY - TIMING: This is a primeur offer so the wines are not yet physically available for delivery. They will be shipped to the UK over the next eighteen months. Generally, wines are shipped to your nominated location once the whole order has landed in our London City Bond account. If you require wines to be delivered by a certain date, please advise us at the time of ordering. We do not anticipate any problems but please be aware that delays to delivery may occur should Britain's possible departure from the European Union result in additional border customs checks or other regulatory requirements. Any additional or unforeseen duties, tariffs, charges or other financial liabilities relating to 'Brexit' must be due to the customer and will be added to orders as required.

DELIVERY - FEES: In bond delivery to an Elephant Storage account (for more information see 'Storage Options' opposite) is free of charge. Transfer of wines to any third-party bond (i.e. not Elephant Storage) will incur an administration charge of £16.50 + VAT for all orders under £1,000. Please indicate if you would like the wine duty paid and a duty & VAT invoice will be raised once all the wines on your order are available for shipment. Once the relevant duty & VAT has been settled, we will ship the wines to your nominated address as per our normal duty paid Delivery Terms.

PAYMENT: All orders will be invoiced for immediate payment by cheque, cash, debit card or cleared funds to our account. We regret that we cannot accept credit cards for primeur orders. We reserve the right to apply a dunning charge of 2% per month on invoices unpaid after 30 days.