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Country of Origin: France
Location: Morey-Saint-Denis, Côte de Nuits
People: Georges Lignier, Owner | Benoit Stehly, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Punch: A Wine With the Rhythm of Beaujolais and the Soul of Burgundy
The cousin of fellow Burgundy producer Hubert Lignier, Georges Lignier farms some of the greatest vineyards in and around Morey-Saint-Denis. Overall, the domaine includes sixteen hectares that encompass 50 parcels across 17 appellations. Moreover, these are generally not single rows of rare plots, but substantial parcels within some of the greatest sites in the Cote d’Or.
Like Hubert, Georges follows the principles of lutte raisonnée (sensible combat) in their viticulture. No herbicide is used, ploughing occurs only when necessary, and grass grows between the rows to push the vine's root system deeper into the bedrock. That may be where the cousin's similarities end, as the delicate, subtle and seductive qualities of Domaine Georges Lignier are a fascinating contrast to the more intense and structured wines of Hubert Lignier.
Today the domaine is led by Georges Lignier's nephew Benoit Stehly, who worked at the domaine for a decade alongside his uncle before taking the helm in both the vineyard and the cellar in 2008. His approach is very traditional, as he seeks to achieve maximum aromatic concentration, above nearly all other characteristics, including structural or color concentration. Since 2010 the wines are neither fined nor filtered. A vein of seductive elegance runs throughout the full range of wines, a statement of respect for the grandest of traditions in Burgundy and a sublime expression of the terroir underlying some of the most renowned sites in the Cote de Nuits.