Domaine Hubert Lignier

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Morey-Saint-Denis, Burgundy
People: Hubert Lignier Family, Owners | Hubert & son Laurent Lignier, Winemakers
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Domaine Hubert Lignier 2015 Fixin Blanc AOC Login In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier (1.5 L) 2014 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC Login In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier (1.5 L) 2014 Nuits-St-Georges, Les Poisets, AOC Login BH 88-90 WA (90-92) In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru, Les Chabiots, AOC Login BH 89-91 WA (88-90) In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC Login AG 92 BH 92-94 WA (92-94) In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru AOC Login AG 95 BH 93-95 WA (93-95) In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Aux Combottes, AOC Login AG 91+ BH 91-94 WA (93-95) In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Seuvrees, AOC Login AG 89 BH 89-91 WA (88-90) <1 Case
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC Login AG 92+ BH 91-94 WA (90-92) In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes AOC Login AG 92+ WA (92-94) In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru, Les Chaffots, AOC Login AG 91+ BH 91-93 WA (89-91) In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Morey-Saint-Denis, Tres Girard, AOC Login BH 87-89 WA (87-89) In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru, Les Didiers Login BH 89-91 WA (91-93) In Stock

The Domaine Hubert Lignier has long had a reputation for its fine wines known for their concentration, depth and structure.

Hubert’s son, Laurent, is the next generation of this proud estate and is following his father’s traditional practices to ensure the treasures coming from the family’s impressive vineyard holdings continue to exhibit the best of their respective appellations. The domaine owns 9 hectares principally in the villages of Morey Saint Denis (where their home and the cellars are located), Gevrey Chambertin and Chambolle Musigny. Recently, the Ligniers have expanded their holdings to include parcels in the appellations of Nuits Saint Georges and Pommard.

The Ligniers follow the principles of lutte raisonnée (sensible combat) in their viticulture: for example, only organic compost is used when necessary and the vineyard is tilled so that no herbicides are used. Yields vary from 20 to 55 hectoliters per hectare depending on the conditions of the growing season and the appellation. The thin, clay and limestone soil on the slopes is not conducive to vigorous growth and limits the crop naturally. A "green harvest" is used when necessary to further manage production to ensure perfect maturity. Young vines are trained using the Cordon de Royat (spur training) system, which helps control the vigor and yields as well. Of critical importance, the sélection massale system (i.e. replacing missing vines with cuttings from the same vineyard) is the only method used to propagate vines, a tradition that gives an extra touch of complexity and character to the resulting wines.

At harvest time, the pickers remove any unhealthy clusters in the field, to avoid contamination of the healthy grapes in the baskets. Traditional vinification practices are the core of their work: grapes are destemmed and fermentation takes place in open-top cement tanks that allow manual pigéage. Only natural yeasts are used. Laurent uses an extended cold soak maceration period prior to fermentation to allow greater extraction (contrary to his father who believes that the best extraction takes place during the alcoholic fermentation). Fermentation is rather long and generally lasts 15 to 20 days following the cold soak of 5 days. The use of new oak for the élevage is carefully restrained; the norm being approximately 20% to ­ 30% on the village wines and up to 50% for the premier and grand crus. The wines of the village appellations usually spend 18 months in barrel while the premier and grand crus remain in cask for 20 to 24 months before being bottled, all without fining or filtration. All work in the cellar that requires movement of the wine is done by gravity; the wines are never pumped.

Vinous Media 1/2016
"The Lignier domain is intact again as of vintage 2014. Father Hubert had rented several parcels of vines to his son Romain under a traditional 18-year metayage agreement and following Romain’s untimely death in 2004, those parcels were controlled by his American wife Kellen. Over this period, Hubert and his older son Laurent kept just one-third of the fruit but now, with three times the volume, they can vinify each of these parcels separately. There will be two different labels in 2014: Domaine Hubert Lignier for the estate wines and Hubert Lignier for the négociant bottlings. Laurent Lignier told me that he and his father carried out a green harvest 'everywhere, especially in our purchased parcels, as some vines had a really big charge of fruit. The wines have moderate density and ripeness but clearly communicate their terroir. They may be a bit more diluted than the 2015s and 2013s,' he went on. 'Their acidity is sound but not obvious and they show great drinkability. The 2013s are more saline and minerally, while the ‘14s are fruitier.' All of the wines were still in barrel, unracked, at the time of my November tasting."

Reviews

  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 95 (5/1/2017)

    The 2014 Clos de la Roche is bright, focused and finely cut. Translucent and wiry in style, the 2014 speaks to precision above all else. The flavors and textures are wonderfully chiseled throughout. Red-toned fruits, chalk and floral notes abound. Today, the 2014 is fabulous. It won’t be ready to drink anytime soon, but it is terrific just the same. This is a textbook expression of Clos de la Roche.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92+ (3/1/2017)

    Broader on the nose than the Chaffots, with its musky aromas of strawberry, raspberry and smoky minerality enlivened by a note of rose petal. Pungent, very intense flavors of cranberry and raspberry are given added punch by hints of crushed rock and orange zest. Delivers lovely density, size and aromatic complexity. There's nothing the least bit off-vintage about this long, perfumed wine. Conveys a slightly lower-acid impression than the Chaffots but with no shortage of juiciness or energy. The tannins are firm but suave.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92+ (3/1/2017)

    (the first vintage for this wine at Lignier; from totally destemmed fruit): Very subtle scents of raspberry, blood orange and rose petal. Juicy, penetrating, stony wine with urgent, high-pitched red berry and mineral intensity of flavor and an impression of weightlessness. Not a large or thick wine--in fact quite different in style from Lignier's estate bottlings, and clearly less ripe than the Clos de la Roche--but shows lover inner-mouth tension and length.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (3/1/2017)

    Smells riper on the nose than the Griottes, offering richer scents of musky strawberry and cherry. Then sweeter and weightier in the mouth too, if a bit literal and solid following the racy Griottes. Still, with its sweet red fruits, fine-grained texture and ripe tannins, this wine is still in a rather feminine style. Laurent Lignier notes that the family's vines are situated higher on the hillside--in other words, not planted on heavier soil next to the Route Nationale.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Aux Combottes, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91+ (3/1/2017)

    Pure but subdued scents of red berries, crushed stone and dried flowers. Surprisingly supple and silky in the mouth but with sound, well-integrated acidity and crushed-stone minerality giving shape to the red fruit flavors and extending the wine's finish. An element of saline minerality currently suppresses the wine's underlying sweetness and the tannins are a bit dominant today but this sappy, mineral-driven wine just needs time in the bottle.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru, Les Chaffots, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91+ (3/1/2017)

    Ripe, pure scents of raspberry, spices and smoky minerality. Silky-sweet on entry, then savory and intense in the middle palate, showing a distinctly penetrating quality to its raspberry and crushed-stone flavors. Finishes with a firm tannic spine and good mineral extension but no hardness. A classic 2014 in the way it combines inner-mouth tension, fine-grained texture and density. This wine will offer early sex appeal but it would be a shame not to give it at least a few years in bottle to expand.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Seuvrees, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 89 (3/1/2017)

    Healthy bright red. Lively aromas of dark raspberry, licorice, spices and orange zest. Nicely juicy, savory wine with good intensity and cut to its raspberry and saline mineral flavors. Finishes with a lingering note of dark berries and firm, nicely buffered tannins.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 93-95 (1/15/2016)

    An exceptionally fresh and cool if distinctly restrained nose offers up notes of pomegranate and black berry fruit scents that are liberally laced with wisps of sauvage, earth, tea and leather. There is excellent verve and fine detail to the impressively intense and imposingly scaled flavors that are supported by markedly firm tannins on the suave, mouth coating and massively long finish. This very structured effort reminds me of some of the great old vintages made by Hubert in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 92-94 (1/15/2016)

    A more restrained and more deeply pitched nose also has some wood in evidence on the combination of earthy dark berry fruit and sauvage hints. There is real size, weight and power to the bigger broad-shouldered flavors that brim with palate coating dry extract, all wrapped in a dense, long and well-balanced finish. This doesn't have the refinement of the Griotte but it's definitely more powerful and more concentrated.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Aux Combottes, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 91-94 (1/15/2016)

    This is perhaps the most elegant wine in the Lignier range with its cool, restrained and pure nose of red and dark Pinot fruit, floral and hints of forest floor that are trimmed in just enough wood to notice. There is a wonderful sense of underlying tension and plenty of punch to the mineral-driven, equally pure and refined medium weight flavors where the refinement is enhanced by the fine grain of the supporting tannins on the ever-so-mildly austere finale. This is really a lovely effort and textbook Combottes with its finesse and cool minerality.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 91-94 (1/15/2016)

    An admirably pure, airy and very cool nose presents aromas of various red fruit, earth, floral and spice scents that are even more elegant and refined than those of the Les St. Georges. Moreover, this sense of refinement continues onto the intense, delicious and balanced flavors that culminate in a delicious, stony and moderately austere finish where a hint of bitter cherry arises. This is not especially dense but it is classy and I really like the overall balance as well as the heightened sense of refinement.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru, Les Chaffots, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 91-93 (1/15/2016)

    A brooding and backward nose once again only grudgingly gives up notes of essence of black cherry, spice, earth and gamy aromas. There is superb richness and almost painful intensity to the overtly muscular big-bodied flavors that possess excellent mid-palate concentration, all wrapped in a very firmly structured and impressively long finish. This is much less rustic than it usually is and should easily see its 20th birthday if you enjoy older burgundies as Chaffots almost always ages wonderfully well.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru, Les Chabiots, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 89-91 (1/15/2016)

    A discreet application of wood sets off fresh and spicy aromas of red cherry, raspberry and floral scents. Not surprisingly the tautly muscular and reasonably well-concentrated flavors possess a notably finer mouth feel while exuding a fine bead of minerality on the saline and well-balanced finale. This is not especially complex at present but I expect that to improve with bottle age.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Seuvrees, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 89-91 (1/15/2016)

    This is also quite firmly reduced and impossible to assess. Once again there is a lovely sense of verve to the more muscular and solidly concentrated flavors that are powerful, focused and unapologetically rustic on the serious finish. This excellent effort is almost old school in style and will definitely require patience.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru, Les Didiers
    Burghound
    Rating: 89-91 (1/15/2016)

    A ripe and more deeply pitched nose consists of dark berry fruit, humus, earth, tea and a hint of the sauvage is also trimmed in a gentle application of wood. There is good minerally to the lively middle weight flavors that are underpinned by moderately firm tannins before concluding in a suave and velvety finish that displays just a hint of Nuits rusticity.
  • Hubert Lignier (1.5 L) 2014 Nuits-St-Georges, Les Poisets, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 88-90 (1/15/2016)

    Moderate reduction pushes what appears to be ripe fruit to the background. I like the sense of energy as well as the vibrancy and volume of the robust and relatively muscular flavors that culminate in a rustic but not hard finish. This is plainly going to need at least 6 to 8 years of cellar time to shed some structure.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Morey-Saint-Denis, Tres Girard, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 87-89 (1/15/2016)

    A brooding and markedly earthy nose barely expresses notes of dark Pinot fruit, underbrush and humus nuances. The palate impression is more interesting as there is a lovely mouth feel to the delicious middle weight flavors that possess fine complexity on the firm, persistent and balanced finish.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru, Les Chabiots, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (88-90) (12/30/2015)

    The 2014 Chambolle Musigny les Chabiots 1er Cru comes from the 1.5-hectare vineyard; it has a crisp, floral, rose petal-scented bouquet that opens nicely in the glass. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity and quite firm tannin that render it Morey-like in style, with a firm grip on the finish. A bit gruff at the moment, it should flesh out by the time it is in bottle.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (92-94) (12/30/2015)

    The 2014 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, from the southern part of the Mazoyères sector, has a fragrant bouquet with scents of raspberry coulis and blueberry, though these recede as the wine opens in the glass to reveal more flinty, cold stone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin matched by a keen line of acidity. It is a linear and poised Charmes-Chambertin, just a touch of spice coming towards the finish that feels long and tender. Such a beautiful wine, but it will need 5-6 years to really show what it can do.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (93-95) (12/30/2015)

    The 2014 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru has a very refined bouquet that takes time to open, but it is worth the wait: blackberry, dried blood, limestone and a faint marine influence (perhaps oyster shell) -- all wonderfully delineated and controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite compact and dense at the moment, as well as very linear and precise; it is long in the mouth but not wishing to play around at the moment. Perhaps keeping its exuberance for later? This is an enigmatic Clos de la Roche this year from Lignier.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Aux Combottes, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (93-95) (12/30/2015)

    The 2014 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru les Combottes has a very precise bouquet, lifted red cherries and wild strawberry all struck through with wonderful mineral notes. The palate is beautifully balanced with svelte tannin, a fine line of acidity and a sorbet-like freshness with an effervescent, captivating finish. This is the kind of wine that makes you go oh là là.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Seuvrees, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (88-90) (12/30/2015)

    The 2014 Gevrey Chambertin les Seuvrées, which comes from two parcels planted in 1956 and 1966, had a touch of reduction on the nose (it was actually the last to go through malolactic). The palate is nicely balanced with a bit of sinew on the entry. Firm structured here, a little static at the moment, but the finish demonstrates sufficient detail and freshness to suggest that it's just a question of time.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (90-92) (12/30/2015)

    The 2014 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru is the first release from Laurent Lignier. It comes from purchased fruit, although he is continually in the vineyard, and it amounts to just two cases. It has a perfumed bouquet with cranberry, blueberry and just a very faint touch of coca. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit. There is a gentle grip in the mouth and good weight, though it requires a little more nuance and finesse on the finish.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Morey-Saint-Denis, Tres Girard, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (87-89) (12/30/2015)

    The 2014 Morey Saint Denis Très Girard, from purchased grapes, has a lifted floral bouquet with red cherry and blueberry fruit, as well as a touch of raisin in the background. The palate is well balanced with tart red cherry fruit, just missing a touch of harmony on the mid-palate with a solid, slightly chewy finish. Give this a couple of years to soften. Rustic but charming.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (92-94) (12/30/2015)

    The 2014 Morey St Denis 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes, obviously from the oldest vines courtesy of premier crus dating back to 1936, has a precise, mineral-driven bouquet that seems so crystalline. The palate is medium-bodied with silky smooth texture, vivacious red cherry and strawberry notes, very finessed and harmonious on the finish. You can tell this was cropped at just 20 to 25 hectoliters per hectare -- the concentration is here, ditto the tension. This is superb.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru, Les Chaffots, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (89-91) (12/30/2015)

    The 2014 Morey St Denis 1er Cru les Chaffots, from vines between 40- and 50-years-old, has a slightly rustic nose but there is plenty of energy here, a touch of wild heather tincturing the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, succulent tannin. There is fine tension, quite citric in the mouth with a vibrant tart cherry finish that lingers in the mouth. Very fine.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru, Les Didiers
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (91-93) (12/30/2015)

    The 2014 Nuits Saint Georges les Didiers Hospice de Nuits comes from the Cuvée Jacques Duret this year (it has not been the case in previous years). It has a pretty bouquet, redcurrant and cranberry fruit, violets coming through with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, beautifully judged acidity, the oak nicely integrated (Laurent prudently racked it into a used barrel after purchase) with a very harmonious, svelte finish. Superb.
  • Hubert Lignier (1.5 L) 2014 Nuits-St-Georges, Les Poisets, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (90-92) (12/20/2015)

    The 2014 Nuits St Georges les Poisets, which has been made at the domaine since 2010 and comes from vines planted in the 1950s that are often affected by millerandage, has a nicely detailed bouquet with pretty strawberry pastille and citrus lemon scents; there is also a touch of cold pond on a winter's day in the background (that image just sprang into my mind!). The palate is silky smooth on the entry, very well balanced with supple tannin, lightly spiced red berry fruit with a slightly grainy texture on the harmonious finish. This is an excellent offering from Laurent Lignier.