Variety: Pinot Noir
Country Region: France, Burgundy, Cote-de-Nuits
Appellation: Gevrey Chambertin
From four parcels of old vines totaling nearly 0.4 hectares located in Chambolle Musigny close to the Morey St Denis border. Less than 200 cases produced from these old vines planted mid 1960’s in deeper clay soils more typical of Chambolle lower slopes. About 50% whole bunch fermented with just 20% new oak this is deep and remarkably complex for this level. Outstanding
'(from 50+ year old vines in Bons Bâtons; 65% whole cluster). A fresh and very ripe nose speaks primarily of poached plum and black cherry liqueur. There is excellent verve and nice detail to the lavishly rich and delicious flavors that terminate in a firm if slightly warm finale. Drink 2022+.' Burghound, January 2020.
'The 2018 Bourgogne Rouge includes around 50% whole bunch this year. It offers dark cherries and blackberry on the nose, with crushed iris petals following through. The palate is sweet and candied on the entry, quite plush and forward, leading to a slightly saccharine finish.' Neal Martin, Vinous, January 2020.
'The Lignier-Michelot range attains the heights that Morey-Saint-Denis can achieve courtesy of their Premier Crus and obligatory Clos Saint-Denis and Clos de la Roche cuvées.' Neal Martin, Vinous, January 2019.
The Lignier family have deep roots in the village of Morey Saint Denis and own 10.5 hectares of some of the very best vineyard sites in this village, and also in the two neighbouring villages of Chambolle Musigny and Gevrey Chambertin. Virgile's father and grand-father had always produced wine and sold it to negotiants until Virgile started working with his father in the early 1990s and he decided to sell the wines himself. Now with almost 20 vintages of experience Virgile has moved the domaine to fully organic viticulture and is producing what many believe to be the best wines of this prestigious village.
In the last 10 years Virgile has modified his wine-making using whole-bunch vinification ranging from 30-100% depending on the vintage and the vineyard and he has also reduced the percentage of new oak (mostly Seguin-Moreau and Francois freres) for maturation with most wines seeing around 30% making its effect seamless in the final wines. He also completed a new winery in time for the 2013 vintage that now enables him to work with temperature control and to gain a very gentle extraction of tannins for all his wines. This results in wines showing great precision and energy with remarkable perfume and also beautiful fine tannins and very silky structure. They are wines which are often very seductive at a young age which also clearly have the potential for ageing superbly. This very young domaine is now regarded among the very best in the Cotes de Nuits.