Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC

Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC

Item Number: 10557

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub Region: Cote de Nuits
Appellation/AVA: Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru
Vintage: 2014
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 1
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Vineyard Notes: The grapes come from a mere tenth of a hectare in the Mazoyeres-Haut climat of this Gevrey-Chambertin grand cru; planted in 1948.

Vintage Notes: “I have not spared any words of admiration for what this father and son team have achieved in recent vintages, simply put, creating some of the best wines the Côte de Nuits has to offer. In similar fashion to other years, there is much to admire in 2014. I would not go so far as to suggest that they represent the best ever -- perhaps 2012 stands as a modern-day benchmark -- yet you cannot deny that the Charmes-Chambertin, Clos de la Roche, Gevrey Combottes and perhaps the best value among them, the wonderful Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru, all represent Pinot Noir at its best." - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate 12/2015

Vinification Notes: 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. 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.

Reviews

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.