Domaine Hubert Lignier 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru VV AOC
Item Number: 13081
Sub Region: Cote de Nuits
Appellation/AVA: Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
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.