Domaine Hubert Lignier 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC

Domaine Hubert Lignier 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC

Item Number: 13082

UPC: None

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

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: (92-94) (1/4/2018)

    Dark cherry and spices on the nose, lifted by a violet high note. Very rich, savory, generous wine with dark fruit and saline mineral notes. More masculine and structured than the Griottes, as well as more concentrated. But in a somewhat tougher style, with its tannins accentuated by a peppery quality. Incidentally, the Ligniers lost 25 of their plants in this vineyard in April of 2017 when a car crashed into their parcel.
  • Burghound
    Rating: 91-93 (1/15/2018)

    A slightly more deeply pitched nose is aromatically reserved to the point that only aggressive swirling liberates reluctant notes of spice, violets and a mix of perfumed black liqueur scents. The delicious, intense and beautifully detailed middle weight flavors possess a relatively sophisticated and caressing mouthfeel before terminating in delicious and dusty if slightly drying finish. Note that my projected range offers the benefit of the doubt that the dryness will eventually round out if allowed a few years of cellaring first.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (95-97) (12/29/2017)

    The 2016 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru comes from Mazoyères and includes 25% new oak and one-third whole cluster fruit. It has a sensual bouquet that is as much Charmes as Mazoyères, well defined and very elegant, not a million miles away from Denis Bachelet in style. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine thread of acidity, very pure in style with a saline finish that gets the taste buds going. This is a wonderful Charmes Chambertin that should give 20 years of drinking pleasure.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 94+ (10/22/2019)

    The 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a refined, floral bouquet that seems quite open at the moment, pure wild strawberry mixed with raspberry preserve, crushed stone and light rose petal scents. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, quite linear in style with a touch of spice towards the persistent finish.