Based on 6 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 95 points Wine Advocate "Lignier's 2018 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru lives up to its fine performance in barrel, wafting from the glass with aromas of dark berries, cherries and orange rind mingled with truffle, espresso roast, loamy soil and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, concentrated and seamless, it's layered and vibrant, with a deep core of pure fruit that largely conceals impressive reserves of fine, powdery tannins. Concluding with a long and saline finish... (WK)" 95 points John Gilman "...offering up ripe and very pure fruit, great soil signature and a firm, refined chassis of tannin to carry it far into the future. The bouquet wafts form the glass in a complex blend of plums, red and black cherries, a touch of beetroot, gamebird, bonfire, mustard seed, marvelous soil tones and cedar. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and shows off beautiful mid-palate depth, with ripe, chewy and well-integrated tannins, great balance and grip and a very long, tangy and nascently complex finish. A terrific wine. (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.