Domaine Hubert Lignier 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
Item Number: 13082
Sub Region: Cote de Nuits
Appellation/AVA: Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Vineyard Notes: The grapes come from a mere tenth of a hectare in the Mazoyeres-Haut climat of this Gevrey-Chambertin grand cru; planted in 1948.
Tasting Notes: This is a wine of immense power and concentration, yet always with a sense of underlying refinement. With 25% whole clusters and raised in one-third new oak, the 2016 is aromatically oceanic, with notes of smoke, macerated cherries, Moroccan spices, and chalk. The full-throttle palate offers an almost overwhelming minerality, yet the ultra-dense fruit remains driving and chiseled.
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.