Domaine Hubert Lignier

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

Items

Domaine Hubert Lignier 2017 Bourgogne Rouge, Grand Chaliot, AOC Login <1 Case
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2015 Chambolle-Musigny, Les Bussieres, AOC Login AG (87-89) WA (89-91) BH 87-89 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 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC Login AG (92-94) BH 91-93 WA (95-97) AG 94+ In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC Login AG 92+ BH 91-94 WA (90-92) In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru VV AOC Login AG (92-94) BH 90-93 WA (94-96) AG 93 <1 Case
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru, Les Chaffots, AOC Login AG (91-93) BH 90-92 WA (92-94) AG 93 In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis, Tres Girard, AOC Login AG (88-90) BH 88-89 WA (88-90) 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 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 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 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 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 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 2015 Chambolle-Musigny, Les Bussieres, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (87-89) (1/2/2017)

    (from the Morey side of this village site, next to the Clos de la Bussière): A bit darker and riper on the nose than the basic village offering, revealing scents of black raspberry and minerals. Offers good thickness of texture with nicely integrated acidity, the dark fruit flavors lifted by a floral element. This rather silky, well-balanced wine shows an attractive sweetness and finishes with supple tannins and good length. Aging in 20% new oak, which is the normal practice at Lignier for village wines.
  • Hubert Lignier 2015 Chambolle-Musigny, Les Bussieres, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (89-91) (12/30/2016)

    The 2015 Chambolle-Musigny Les Bussières includes a small proportion of whole bunch fruit. It has a harmonious bouquet with red cherries and pomegranate aromas. I appreciate the definition and precision here. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp and crunchy red berry fruit, very natural in style, pure and tensile with a dash of spice on the finish. This should give ten years of pleasure, possibly more.
  • Hubert Lignier 2015 Chambolle-Musigny, Les Bussieres, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 87-89 (1/15/2017)

    This too is aromatically somber if perhaps a bit more elegant with its ripe red and dark currant, violet and earth-suffused nose. In the same fashion as the old vines cuvée there is good richness and volume to the succulent medium-bodied flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality before concluding in a longer finish that also flirts with rusticity.
  • Hubert Lignier 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (92-94) (1/4/2018)

    Dark cherry and spices on the nose, lifted by a violet high note. Very rich, savory, generous wine with dark fruit and saline mineral notes. More masculine and structured than the Griottes, as well as more concentrated. But in a somewhat tougher style, with its tannins accentuated by a peppery quality. Incidentally, the Ligniers lost 25 of their plants in this vineyard in April of 2017 when a car crashed into their parcel.
  • Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru VV AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (92-94) (1/4/2018)

    Very ripe, soil-driven aromas of black raspberry, cherry, bitter chocolate and licorice. At once thick and juicy, showing terrific inner-mouth lift to its flavors of dark fruits, licorice and spices. Quite sharply delineated for such a big wine. Finishes classy and very long. A superb showing for this consistently topnotch cuvée.
  • Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru, Les Chaffots, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (91-93) (1/4/2018)

    Highly perfumed aromas of dark raspberry, violet and rose petal. Riper than La Riotte but wonderfully juicy, intense and light on its feet, offering complex flavors of black raspberry, spices, flowers and soil. This classically dry, dense, savory wine boasts terrific inner-mouth tension. Finishes vibrant, aromatic and long. Laurent Lignier noted that this fruit is virtually always picked at a minimum of 13% potential alcohol yet maintains freshness even in hot years.
  • Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis, Tres Girard, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (88-90) (1/4/2018)

    Quite open and aromatic on the nose, offering scents of black cherry and flowers. Nicely concentrated, sappy wine with a subtle sweetness to its flavors of cherry and black raspberry. This fruit was entirely destemmed but the wine finishes linear and firmly tannic, with good saline persistence.
  • Hubert Lignier 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 91-93 (1/15/2018)

    A slightly more deeply pitched nose is aromatically reserved to the point that only aggressive swirling liberates reluctant notes of spice, violets and a mix of perfumed black liqueur scents. The delicious, intense and beautifully detailed middle weight flavors possess a relatively sophisticated and caressing mouthfeel before terminating in delicious and dusty if slightly drying finish. Note that my projected range offers the benefit of the doubt that the dryness will eventually round out if allowed a few years of cellaring first.
  • Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru VV AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 90-93 (1/15/2018)

    A whiff of volatile acidity once again adds lift to the black currant, earth and sauvage-inflected aromas. The rich, velvety and full-bodied flavors coat the mouth with sappy dry extract that also does a fine job of buffering the firm but not hard tannic spine shaping the well-balanced, rustic and linger finish. This wine has an excellent track record for aging and the 2016 version, assuming the VA does not worsen, should do the same.
  • Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru, Les Chaffots, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 90-92 (1/15/2018)

    A discreet but not invisible hint of volatile acidity adds lift to the well-layered nose of black cherry, violet, lavender and subtle earth and spice hints. The muscular and energetic broad-shouldered flavors offer excellent punch and depth on the driving and firmly structured finish. Assuming that the VA remains at its current level, it shouldn't be more than a background element.
  • Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis, Tres Girard, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 88-89 (1/15/2018)

    Brooding aromas of black cherry and plum liqueur are laced with plenty of earth and spice whiffs. Once again there is good intensity to the delicious middle weight flavors that possess lovely midpalate density before concluding in a moderately complex but well-balanced and persistent finish. A competent villages.
  • Hubert Lignier 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (95-97) (12/29/2017)

    The 2016 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru comes from Mazoyères and includes 25% new oak and one-third whole cluster fruit. It has a sensual bouquet that is as much Charmes as Mazoyères, well defined and very elegant, not a million miles away from Denis Bachelet in style. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine thread of acidity, very pure in style with a saline finish that gets the taste buds going. This is a wonderful Charmes Chambertin that should give 20 years of drinking pleasure.
  • Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru VV AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (94-96) (12/29/2017)

    It has an introspective bouquet at first and then gradually unfolds to reveal enticing blackberry, briary and cold stone scents—all very sophisticated and poised. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin, a disarming sense of symmetry and tension that impart weightlessness that run paradoxically to the intensity of fruit. This is just a magnificent Morey-Saint-Denis. Top of the class in grand cru territory.
  • Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru, Les Chaffots, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (92-94) (12/29/2017)

    It has a complex bouquet: blackberry, bilberry jam, cold stone and light undergrowth scents that blossom in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple, very lithe in the mouth with pure red berry fruit laced with orange zest and allspice toward the finish that fans out superbly. What a superb, delicious Morey St Denis from Laurent Lignier.
  • Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis, Tres Girard, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (88-90) (12/29/2017)

    The 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis Très Girard comes from purchased grapes that were completely destemmed. It has quite a spicy, lively bouquet that is simple but a bundle of joy. The palate is medium-bodied with fine but firm tannin, more saline than some of the village Gevreys with fine structure on the finish that just needs a touch more flesh to develop.
  • Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru, Les Chaffots, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (10/22/2019)

    The 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis Les Chaffots 1er Cru has a well defined and quite complex bouquet with blackberry, raspberry and briary aromas, very focused and harmonious and the oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, well judged acidity, very harmonious with a gentle, blackberry and mulberry-tinged finish. Excellent.
  • Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru VV AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (10/22/2019)

    The 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis Veilles Vignes 1er Cru, comprising one-third whole bunch fruit, has a perfumed and floral bouquet with copious raspberry, briary and cold stone aromas. There is an engaging brightness to the aromatics here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, nicely structured with a fine line of salinity. The vivid nature of the nose is translated onto the palate. It finishes in tensile and refreshing fashion. This is an excellent Morey with unerring symmetry.
  • Hubert Lignier 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 94+ (10/22/2019)

    The 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a refined, floral bouquet that seems quite open at the moment, pure wild strawberry mixed with raspberry preserve, crushed stone and light rose petal scents. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, quite linear in style with a touch of spice towards the persistent finish.