Domaine Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru, Les Chaffots, AOC

Domaine Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru, Les Chaffots, AOC

Item Number: 13080

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub Region: Cote de Nuits
Appellation/AVA: Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Les Chaffots
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 1
Closure: Cork
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.

Reviews

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.