Domaine Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru, Les Chaffots, AOC
Item Number: 13080
Sub Region: Cote de Nuits
Appellation/AVA: Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Les Chaffots
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Elevation: 330 meters
Vineyard Notes: Les Chaffots is a south-facing vineyard with 50-year-old vines located above Clos-Saint-Denis at an altitude of about 330 meters.
Tasting Notes: With a powerful nose of black cherries and warm stones, the 2016 offers a bit more amplitude than the Riotte, though the palate is still remarkably tensile given the saturated character of the fruit. The tannins here are slightly brawnier, but very well-concealed by a sense of luscious sappiness.
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.