Based on 5 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 92-94 points Wine Advocate "The 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes is superb, wafting from the glass with a complex bouquet of warm spices, raspberries, cherries, dark chocolate and candied peel. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, layered and textural, with the most depth and dimension of Lignier's premiers crus, its deep core of fruit largely concealing the wine's fine-grained structuring tannins, concluding with a saline finish. (WK)" 93 points John Gilman "The bouquet wafts from the glass in a lovely blend of red and black cherries, woodsmoke, venison, coffee, a touch of nutskin, a complex base of soil, mustard seed and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure on the attack and complex, with a fine core, lovely soil signature, fine-grained tannins and a very long, pure and potentially sappy finish. A baby Clos de la Roche this year. (JG)"
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About Hubert Lignier
The Ligniers' commitment to organic farming, initiated in the 1990s, distinguishes them in their steadfast dedication to soil health and vine vitality. They employ plowing, avoiding weedkillers and pesticides, to maintain the crucial microbial balance necessary for vine growth. Each vineyard, or "climate," is treated with the utmost respect to preserve its unique character.
The winemaking process at Hubert Lignier follows a minimalist approach, emphasizing the intrinsic quality of the fruit. This attention to detail results in fresh, elegant wines that possess both full-bodied richness and a lingering, mouth-watering finish. Their portfolio includes a wide range of offerings, from Bourgogne to Grand Cru appellations, each expressing its terroir authentically and distinctively.
Particularly noteworthy is the Domaine's precise vinification and aging process. Grapes are de-stemmed and undergo fermentation in open-top cement tanks, followed by a prolonged cold soak for optimal extraction. Only natural yeasts are used. The aging in barrels, which uses 20-30% new oak and lasts for 20 to 24 months, occurs on lees without racking post-malolactic fermentation. The wines are bottled using gravity, with no fining, to preserve their freshness and aging potential.
With his brother Laurent's assistance, Hubert Lignier has carried forward the Domaine's stellar reputation for wines marked by concentration, depth, and structure, celebrated for their wonderful expression of terroir. In the words of wine critic Neil Martin, the wines are "pure, sensual, quite intellectual...," echoing the sentiments of those who enjoy tasting, drinking, and appreciating the unique essence of Hubert Lignier's craft.