2020 Rue de Vergy Domaine Lignier-Michelot

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Morey Saint Denis
ABV 13.5%
Vineyard Rue de Vergy

Almost more Chambolle in style than the Chambolle - it's floral, supple, generous, with fatly ripe tannins giving supple volume. Dark red rose petal freshness, black cherry fruit - it's lovely. Drinking range: 2026 - 2038 L&S (Nov 2021)

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A ripe yet decidedly cool and airy nose conveys the pure essence of dark currant with kirsch and rose petal top notes. The refined, intense and equally well-detailed flavors possess a lovely texture along with even more apparent minerality on the youthfully austere, focused and sneaky long finale. Drinking range: 2025 - Rating: 88-90 Allen Meadows, (Jan 2022)

The 2020 Morey-Saint-Denis en la Rue de Vergy is quite high-toned on the nose: macerated black cherries, hints of black olive and light marine scents. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, fine acidity, quite compact towards the finish where I am just looking for a little more depth and flesh. Hopefully, it will fatten out a bit. Drinking range: 2025 - 2036 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, (Dec 2021)

Domaine Lignier-Michelot

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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