Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC

Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC

Item Number: 10559

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub Region: Cote de Nuits
Appellation/AVA: Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
Vineyard Designation: Griotte-Chambertin
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

Fruit Source: In 2014, Hubert and Laurent sourced grapes from a 50-year-old plot in this hallowed grand cru—a total of only two barrels of wine.

Tasting Notes: Of the three grand crus issuing forth from Lignier’s cellar, this is the most elegant, airy, and feminine, emphasizing higher-toned spices and floral elements in its aromatics, and with a mineral-drenched, vibrant palate full of lift and energy. Nonetheless, its tightly coiled structure and slightly inward-facing demeanor signal the need for some cellar time in order for the wine to fully blossom.

Winemaking Notes: In the cellar, fermentation begins naturally, and the wine is never pumped—only gravity is employed when moving the wines. As his father did, Laurent allows the wine plenty of time in barrel to develop its distinctive personality and harmonize its elements, bottling after two full winters in the cellar at minimum, and after a full 24 months in most cases. The finished wine is the epitome of that classic Burgundian marriage of power and grace—both amazingly concentrated and layered yet utterly nuanced and transparent.

Reviews

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.