Domaine Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru VV AOC

Domaine Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru VV AOC

Item Number: 13081

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub Region: Cote de Nuits
Appellation/AVA: Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Vineyard Notes: The grapes come from 0.33 hectares in Les Faconnieres planted between 1947 and 1960, and 0.2 hectares in Les Chenevery planted between 1936 and 1942.

Tasting Notes: Both of these crus are situated just beneath Clos de la Roche on the slope, and the wine always possesses that ineffable grand cru "x-factor." Vinified with one-third whole clusters, the 2016 is staggering in its complexity, with intense concentration from those ancient vines and a significant amount of structure to resolve. Even still, the overall purity of the vintage shines through, and to craft a wine of such elegance on such a powerful frame is a remarkable feat.

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: (92-94) (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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.